Specimen Trees

We have over 2500 specimen trees available to buy in different sizes from 20L, 2m to 125L, 6m tall, from Acer through to Zelkova.

Please contact treeshop@fpmatthews.co.uk for a full stock list.

One of each variety is available to view in our retail shop, however please contact the team before you travel to ensure that the tree you wish to view is available.

Trained Trees

Trained Fruit Trees

We have a selection of beautifully trained Apple and Pear trees, some of which have been expertly pruned for over 6 years.

Step over trees are perfect for edging vegetable beds and creating a visual break between path and border as they only stand 45cm tall, and also add structure to the garden in the winter.

Fan, espalier, candelabra and informal acure lepage, these specimens will stand 2m tall and 3-4m wide. Our espalier trees have 4 tiers with 45cm between each tier.

Over 200 trees growing in our orchard are trained into these different forms, each tree is planted as a maiden and pruned accordingly.

Acer palmatum specimen trees

Acer palmatum

We are proud to offer our customers a variety of sizes and cultivars of Acer palmatums.

From 2ft tall to 9ft tall.

Fine cut leaves of ‘Garnet’ to the full lobelled leaves of Atropurpurea.

The autumn display of the different Acers in our tree shop is a sight to behold, from scarlet red, burgundy oranges and rich butter yellow.

Panel specimen trees

High Panels

Offering privacy to you.

We offer evergreen and deciduous panels with clear stems of 1m, 1.5m or 1.8m. The panels are 1.5 wide and 1.5m tall.

We have a selection of Ilex, Carpinus betulus, Elaeagnus and Quercus ilex.

Multi stem specimen trees

Multi-stem Trees

We offer mature multi-stems up to 4m tall. Ideal as a focal point throughout the winter. We have a selection of the below.

Betula nigra, Betula ‘Fascination’, Betula utilis ‘Snow Queen’ and Betula utilis var. jacquemontii.

weeping specimen trees

Weeping Specimen Trees

Weeping trees are ideal for small gardens, where tall specimens cannot be planted.

We have some beautiful spring flowering options such us Prunus ‘Kiku-shidare-zakura’ and Prunus ‘Snow Showers’.

Below are a few other varieties we offer in larger sizes.

Fagus sylvatica ‘Purpurea Pendula’, Fagus sylvatica ‘Rohan Red Weeping’,

Morus alba ‘Pendula’.

Prunus ‘Weeping Yoshino’

Salix caprea ‘Pendula’.

top worked specimen trees

Top-worked Specimen Trees

Top-worked trees are suitable for island flower beds, driveways and focal areas, as their clear stem offers height and form. Evergreen options such as Photinia and Ilex give structure to the garden in winter months.

Below is a selection available with us.

Catalpa bignonioides ‘Nana’.

Ilex x altaclerensis ‘Golden King’, Ilex aquifolium ‘Alaska’, Ilex aquifolium ‘J.C. van Tol’ and Ilex × altaclerensis ‘Ripley Gold’.

Malus toringo subsp. sargentii ‘Tina’ and Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’. 

Prunus ‘Asano’, Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’, Prunus incisa ‘Mikinori’, Prunus incisa ‘Oshidori’ Princesse and Prunus lusitanica ‘Myrtifolia’.

Tilia cordata ‘Winter Orange’.

Ginkgo Specimen tree

Rare and Unusual Trees

We have curated a range of unusual and rare trees for our customers. Such as the yellow and pink flowering racemes of Laburnocytisus ‘Adamii’ and the large leaves of Paulownia fortunei ‘Fast Blue’, as well as the below.

Chitalpa tashkentensis.

Ginkgo biloba.

Taxodium distichum ‘Pévé Minaret’

Zelkova serrata GREEN VASE (‘Flekova’)

Malus Specimen tree

Natural Bird Feeders

Trees can make great natural bird feeders with species like Crataegus and Malus encouraging wildlife to your garden.

Below are a selection of varieties to encourage the flocks to your garden.

Crataegus persimilis ‘Prunifolia Splendens’ and Crataegus x lavalleei ‘Carrierei’.

Malus ‘Butterball’, Malus ‘Comtesse de Paris’, Malus ‘Evereste’, Malus ‘John Downie’ and Malus x robusta ‘Red Sentinel’.



evergreen specimen trees

Evergreen Specimen Trees

Want year round foliage? Why not choose one of the below evergreen trees for you garden.

Abies procera ‘Glauca’ and Cupressus sempervirens ‘Garda’.

Ilex aquifolium ‘Alaska’ and Ilex aquifolium ‘J.C. van Tol’.

Juniperus scopulorum ‘Blue Arrow’.

Quercus ilex and Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’.

Taxus baccata and Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata Robusta’.

Screening Trees

We have the below selection of mature specimens which are perfect for use as screening. They are fast growing, offering a large leaf size, retain their leaves all winter or drop their leaves in late winter.

Carpinus betulus and Cotoneaster frigidus ‘Cornubia’.

Liquidambar styraciflua, Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Palo Alto’, Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Stared’, Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Thea’ and Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’.

Liriodendron tulipifera and Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’.

Spring Blossom

Have you been inspired by The Sakura Project and fancy some spring blossom for your own garden?

Double or single flowering? White or deep pink? We have the perfect blossom tree for you.

Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Ballerina’, Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’, Amelanchier lamarckii.

Crataegus x media ‘Pauls Scarlet’.

Prunus ‘Beni-yutaka’, Prunus ‘Kanzan’, Prunus ‘Kursar’, Prunus ‘Pandora’, Prunus ‘Tai-haku’.

Native Trees

As native to the UK the trees below are great for benefitting the wildlife and play a big part in our ecosystem.

Acer campestre.

Carpinus betulus

Quercus robur.

Sorbus aucuparia.

Winter Interest

Colourful, peeling and shaggy bark can add some much needed winter interest to the colder months. See below for a few examples we have available.

Betula ‘Fascination’, Betula utilis ‘Pink Champagne’, Betula utilis ‘Buddha’, Betula utilis ‘Cinnamon’, Betula utilis ‘Kansu’, Betula utilis ‘Silver Shadow’, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, Betula utilis ‘Snow Queen’.

Prunus serrula.