Tree Collection

The Gardens has a large collection of champion trees

Tree Collection

A champion tree is the best of its kind in its area. It might be the tallest, widest, thickest or oldest of a given tree species or cultivar. The Tree Register of the British Isles collates data of thousands of champion trees. In the 2011 Tree Register Handbook, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens had the highest number of champion trees in the British Isles. Examples of our champion trees are:

  • populus x canescens 'Macrophylla' - this is a rarely seen tree with a beautiful long straight trunk, silver grey leaf underside and impressive dimensions. The Garden's specimen has grown to 32m tall in less than 60 years and can be found by the pond
  • Metasequoia glyptostroboids ‘Emerald Feathers’ is a cultivar of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens’ emblem. A tree species native to China, it was only discovered in 1941 and introduced to the USA and Europe in 1948, being hailed one of the most important plant discoveries of the 20th century. Growing to 18m in fewer than 50 years, it has developed into the most wonderfully conical tree with fresh green soft foliage, giving rise to the name. The rusty copper brown bark covers a beautifully fluted trunk
  • Quercus rysophylla, theLoquat leaved oak is an evergreen tree, with only a few small populations known in its native Mexico. It is a threatened species. The beautiful large, leathery, glossy evergreen leaves remind you of the loquat tree and make this a most handsome tree. Grown from seed collected in 1979, this champion has grown to 18m in 30 years

Looking good now All year Champion trees