Choosing the right ornamental tree

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Ornamental trees are grown for the beauty of their foliage, bark, spring flowers, berries or autumn colour.

Their ability to give their best in your garden will be affected by the suitability or otherwise of the situation in which they are planted and the characteristics of your soil.

The following is a guide to trees suitable for a range of situations, one or more of which will probably match your garden. It is far from exhaustive and it must be remembered that many trees will grow happily in a wide variety of situations.