About us Blog Top 5 trees for gardens The cooler months of the year are the best for tree planting. Trees planted during the winter months are usually dormant and therefore require little maintenance. What better time to think about tree planting at home than National Tree Week… The Arboretum here at Marks Hall Estate is home to hundreds of tree varieties to draw inspiration from. Here are just a few chosen by our Senior Horticulturalist, Sara and Arboretum Manager, Ian. 1. Amelanchier lamarckii ‘Robin Hill’ The Amelanchier is a fantastic choice for autumn colour and also for its beautiful delicate flowers during the spring. Amelanchier lamarckii can reach a height of 12m. 2. Ecucalyptus gunnii The leaves of the ‘cider gum’ are silvery grey, great for contrasting against darker planting. This variety grows to a height of 12m, great if you have the space, or they can be coppiced regularly to keep it more compact. Photographer Bryan Shaw 3. Magnolia grandiflora Admired by many visitors, the large white flowers have an amazing citrus fragrance. The Marks Hall Estate specimen is over 25 years old and one of the oldest plants within the Walled Garden. 4. Prunus subhirtella – ‘Winter Flowering Cherry’ Perfect for larger gardens, Prunus subhirtella produces beautiful flowers from late autumn – providing autumn and winter interest. 5. Hamamelis mollis Although not a tree, Hamamelis mollis is great even for the smaller gardens. Better known as Chinese witch hazel, this deciduous shrub is ideal for winter interest with yellow, fragrant flowers appearing in the colder months.