Planting Trees & Shrubs

Planting Trees And Shrubs

For best practice the planting of bare-rooted or root wrapped, deciduous trees and shrubs should be completed before the end of February. The aim should always be to finish planting before there are any signs of growth.

London Tree Surgeons prepare the site well, first by digging a hole large enough to accommodate the whole root system. If the weather is mild and the soil not too wet, container grown shrubs can be planted in the same way. However, if we are in doubt we wait until for the soil has warmed up a little more.

The planting of evergreens, conifers and plants growing in containers should be left till April.

This includes planting stand alone trees and hedges.

However planting out of season is perfectly possible.

The first thing to do is to research your tree or shrub, these resources should help. Use the London Tree Surgeons search for specific trees and shrubs, we have articles on hundreds of trees and shrubs suitable for London, listed under common and Latin names, happy searching…

Once you have chosen the tree for your purposes, we can arrange ordering and delivery and the planting of your tree or shrub.

A popular place to start when choosing a tree or shrub is our London Trees & Shrubs page. Listings of species found in London and their suitability for the unique London climate.

When choosing a tree or shrub to plant, research is essential. Choose a species suitable for your purposes. London Tree Surgeons list of trees, shrubs, bushes and a few other plants, should help with choosing.

also see flowering trees & shrubs

Planting trees for a hedge? see our hedge planting section.

Identifying trees and shrubs. Advice on growing different trees and shrubs in London.

Webster has this to say:

TREES SUITABLE FOR PLANTING IN TOWNS.
Acer macrophylla Ailanthus glandulosa Crataegus Oxyacantha flore-plena tenacetifolia Catalpa bignonioides Gleditschia triacanthos Liriodendron tulipiiera Magnolia acuminata glauca Pyrus of sorts Robinia Pseud-acacia and its varieties viscosa Sophora japonica Tilia, in variet.
SHRUBS FOR TOWN PLANTING.
Amelanchier, in variety Arbutus Unedo Berberis Aquifolium vulgaris Cistus ladaniferus laurifolius Colutea arborescens Daphne Laureola Mezereum pontica Deutzia crenata gracilis Forsythia suspensa viridissima Griselinia littoralis Hibiscus syriacus Hypericum calycinum Hypericum nepalense Koelrenteria paniculata Leycesteria formosa Philadelphus Gordonianus Prunus nanaPyrus japonica Rhus Cotinus Ribes aureum sanguineum Skimmia japonica Syringa (nearly all) Ulex europaeus fl.-pl. Viburnum Opulus Weigelia rosea Yucca gloriosa recurva
TREES FOR THE SEASIDE.
Acer campestre saccharinum Arbutus Unedo Ailanthus glandulosa Aesculus Hippocastanum rubicunda Catalpa bignonioides Fraxinus Ornus
SHRUBS FOR THE SEASIDE.

Atriplex halimus
Cerasus lusitanica
Cytisus Laburnum
scoparius
Euonymus japonicus
europaeus
Fabiana imbricata
Griselinia littoralis
Hippophae rhomnoides
Ilex Aquifolium
Laurus nobilis
Lycium europaeum
Prunus Padus
Rhamnus frangula
Ribes sanguineum
Rosa spinosissima
Shepherdia argentea
Spirea adiantifolia
Syringa persica
vulgaris
Symphoricarpus racemosus
Tamarix gallica
germanica
Ulex europaea
Viburnum Tinus

THE FLOWERING SEASONS OF TREES AND SHRUBS.

The asterisk * after the name denotes that the species continues in flower for a longer period than the month under which it is placed.

JANUARY.
Erica carnea* Chimonanthus fragrans* Crataegus Oxyacantha praecox* Jasminum nudiflorum* Ulex europaeus* Viburnum Tinus*
FEBRUARY.
Cornus Mas* Daphne Laureola* Mezereum* Hamamelis japonicaLonicera fragrantissima* Magnolia conspicua* Parrotia persica* Pittosporum Tobira* Prunus nana* Davidiana* Rosmarinus officinalis*
MARCH.
Arbutus Andrachne* Berberis japonica* Erica mediterranea* Forsythia viridissima* Garrya ellipticaMagnolia stellata* Nuttallia cerasiformis* Prunus Amygdalus* ilicifolia*  japonica* spinosa* triloba* tomentosa Rhododendron dahuricum ledifolium Skimmia Fortunei Spiraea Thunbergi* Xanthoriza apiifolia*
APRIL.
Akebia quinata* Amelanchier alnifolia canadensis vulgarisBerberis Aquifolium* Darwinii* pinnata vulgaris Caesalpinia sepiaria Caragana frutescens spinosa* Ceanothus cuneatus* rigidus* Clematis cirrhosa* florida* Cornus florida Cytisus scoparius* Daphne altaica Blagayana Cneorum* Genkwa sericea Deutzia gracilis* Diervilla rosea* Drimys aromatic Fothergilla alnifolia* Fremontia californica Halesia diptera tetraptera Kalmia glauca* Laburnum vulgare* Ledum latifolium palustre Lonicera Caprifolium* tatarica* Magnolia cordata* Fraseri Lennei obovata discolor Pieris floribunda* japonica* Prunus Avium Juliana cerasifera cerasifera Pissardii Cerasus domestica divaricata Mahaleb maritima Padus* paniculata flore-pleno Puddum* sinensis Pyrus angustifolia baccata* floribunda* japonica Maulei Pyrus prunifolia* rivularis* sinica vestita Rhododendron campanulatum Rhodora* Rhodotypos kerrioides Ribes aureum* cereum floridum* sanguineum Rosa indicaSambucus racemosaSkimmia japonica Laureola Spiraea prunifolia Stuartia virginica* Syringa Emodi Xanthoceras sorbifolia
MAY.
Abelia triflora* Aesculus glabra Hippocastanum Arbutus Menziesii Berberis aristata* Bealei empetrifolia sinensis trifoliolata Wallichiana Calycanthus floridusCaragana arborescens microphylla Ceanothus dentatusCercis canadensis Siliquastrum Chionanthus retusa virginica Citrus trifoliate Cladrastis tinctoria Clematis alpina* montanaCornus canadensis stolonifera Coronilla Emerus Crataegus Azarolus Azarolus Aronia coccinea cordata* Crus-galli Douglasii Oxyacantha* parvifolia Pyracantha tenacetifolia Cytisus albus* albus incarnate* biflorus* Daphne alpina* Deutzia crenata* Epigaea repens Fabiana imbricate Fraxinus Ornus* Mariesii Gaultheria Shallon Genista lusitanica pilosa* prostrata* Halesia parviflora Halimodendron argenteum* Laburnum Adami* Leiophyllum buxifolium* Leucothoë axillaris Catesbaei Magnolia acuminata* glauca Umbrella Ostrya carpinifolia Paeonia Moutan Pernettya mucronata* Philadelphus coronarius Pieris Mariana* ovalifolia Piptanthus nepalensis Polygala Chamaebuxus* Prunus Chamaecerasus pennsylvanica virginiana* Pyrus Aria* Aucuparia* coronaria germanica prunifolia sinensis Smithii* torminalis Rhododendron arborescens calendulaceum Collettiana ferrugineum* flavum hirsutum* molle ponticum racemosum Ribes speciosum Robinia hispida Pseud-Acacia* viscosa Rosa spinosissima* Rubus biflorus deliciosus spectabilis Sophora tetraptera Spiraea cantoniensis laevigata trilobata Staphylea pinnata* trifolia* Stuartia pentagyna* Syringa chinensis* Josikaea persica* vulgaris* Vaccinium corymbosum* pennsylvanicum Viburnum acerifolium* Lantana* Lentago* nudum* plicatum* prunifolium pyrifolium* Wistaria chinensis* multijuga* Exochorda grandiflora
JUNE.
Adenocarpus decorticans* Aesculus californica* Andromeda polifolia Bryanthus erectus Buddleia globosa* Lindleyana* paniculata* Calophaca wolgarica* Calycanthus occidentalis* Carpenteria californica Castanea saliva Catalpa speciosa Ceanothus azureus* Choisya ternata* Cistus crispus* ladaniferus laurifolius* monspeliensis* purpureus* salvifolius* Clematis lanuginosa* patens* Viorna Viticella Colutea arborescens* cruenta* Cornus circinata macrophylla Crataegus nigra* Cytisus decumbens nigricans Daboëcia polifolia Diervilla floribunda* grandiflora* Escallonia macrantha* Fuchsia Riccartoni* Genista aetnensis* saggitalis Helianthemum halimifolium* lasianthum lavendulaefolium* Helianthemum pilosum* polifolium* umbellatum* Hypericum calycinum* patulum* Itea virginica Jamesia Americana Jasminum revolutum* Kalmia angustifolia latifolia* Kerria japonica* Laburnum alpinum caramanicum Ligustrum japonicum lucidum* ovalitolium* sinense* Liriodendron tulipifera* Lyonia paniculata Magnolia macrophylla Myricaria germanica* Myrtus communis* Neillia opulifolia Olearia macrodonta Oxydendrum arboreum* Philadelphus grandiflorus hirsutus inodorus Lewisi microphyllus* Phlomis fruticosa  Plagianthus pulchellus* Potentilla fruticosa Prunus lusitanica Rhododendron californicum campylocarpum chrysanthum Rhus Cotinus* Robinia dubia* Rosa alba* centifolia* damascena* gallica* lutea rubiginosa rugosa sempervirensRubus arcticus laciniatus odoratus* Sambucus nigra Spiraea bullata* cana* chamaedrifolia* decumbens* hypericifolia* japonica* media* Staphylea colchica Stuartia Pseudo-Camellia* Syringa japonica* Tecoma radicans* Tilia vulgaris* Veronica pinquifolia Traversii* Viburnum dahuricum* dentatum macrocephalum Opulus* Yucca filamentosa Zenobia speciosa*
JULY.
Aesculus parviflora* Berberis Fortunei Ceanothus americanus* Clematis Flammula* Vitalba* Cornus alba alternifolia tartarica Escallonia floribunda Phillipiana* pterocladon rubra* Eucryphia pinnatifolia* Fuchsia macrostema globosa* Genista anxanctica* cinerea germanica hispanica* radiata* tinctoria* Gordonia lasianthus* Hydrangea hortensis* Hypericum elatum fasciculatum hircinum* prolificum* uralum* Jasminum fruticans* humile* Kalmia hirsuta* Ligustrum Ibota* Quihoi* Lonicera Xylosteum* Periploca graeca* Philadelphus Gordonianus satzumi Photinia arbutifolia Plagianthus Lyalli Philadelphus Lemoinei  Rhododendron catawbiense maximum viscosum Rosa bracteata hemisphaerica Spartium junceum* Spiraea bella* discolor ariaefolia Spiraea salicifolia* sorbifolia* tomentosa Tamarix gallica* parviflora* Tilia petiolaris* Wistaria japonica* Yucca gloriosa Zauschneria californica
AUGUST.
Abelia chinensis* Calluna vulgaris* Catalpa bignonioides Clerodendron foetidumErica cinerea* Escallonia illinita Gordonia pubescens Hedysarum multijugum Hibiscus syriacus* Hypericum oblongifolium Leycesteria formosaLoropetalum chinense Magnolia grandiflora* Nesaea salicifolia* Passiflora caerulea* Rubus nutkanus Sophora japonica* Spiraea Douglasii Lindleyana Vitex Agnus-castus
SEPTEMBER.
Arbutus Unedo* Baccharis halimifolia Clerodendron trichotomum Clethra acuminata* alnifolia Daphne Cneorum* Hydrangea paniculata grandifloraOlearia Haastii Gunniana Photinia japonica Microglossa albescens Tecoma grandiflora*
OCTOBER.
Berberidopsis coralline Berberris nervosa* Caryopteris Mastacanthus Hamamelis virginica* Lespedeza bicolor
NOVEMBER.
Azara microphylla Cassinia fulvida Chimonanthus fragrans* Jasminum nudiflorum*
DECEMBER.
Chimonanthus fragrans* Lardizabala biternata Viburnum Tinus*