Rare Plants List

At Burncoose we are known for having an interesting rarity list. These rare plants are either in very short supply or still too small to be despatched at least until early summer. If you order one of these plants you may have to go on our waiting list.

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ACER x conspicuum 'Phoenix'

ACER x conspicuum 'Phoenix'

Snake-bark maple

white striping on the bark and bright red new shoots which hold their colour into winter

 
Small
£45.00  
Available late spring to early summer 2024
Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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ACER macrophyllum

ACER macrophyllum

Big leaf maple, Oregon maple

large dark green deeply lobed leaves which turn a bright orange in autumn. Fragrant yellow flowers in clusters followed by bristly fruit

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£50.00 each 
AESCULUS chinensis

AESCULUS chinensis

Buckeye, Chinese horse chestnut

small white flowers in long racemes on this slow growing and rare species

 
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£35.00 each 
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AESCULUS flava

AESCULUS flava

Sweet buckeye

yellow flowers and good autumn tints

 
£30.00 each 
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AESCULUS x neglecta 'Erythroblastos'

AESCULUS x neglecta 'Erythroblastos'

Buckeye, Sunrise horse chestnut

red leaf stalks and leaves that unfold a spectacular cream and bright pink. They then become yellow and turn green by midsummer

 
£35.00 each 
Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC
Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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ARALIA cordata

ARALIA cordata

Japanese spikenard

white flowers in large umbels. Pinnate green leaves

 
£25.00 each 
Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC
Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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ARBUTUS andrachne

ARBUTUS andrachne

Grecian strawberry tree

smooth bark, peeling in summer to reveal a green layer which later becomes orange-brown

 
£35.00 each 
Available late spring to early summer 2024
Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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ARBUTUS x andrachnoides

ARBUTUS x andrachnoides

Hybrid strawberry tree

lime tolerant and hardy this small tree has beautiful cinnamon-red branches. It flowers in late autumn and winter

 
£30.00 each 
Available late spring to early summer 2024
Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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ARISTOLOCHIA sempervirens

ARISTOLOCHIA sempervirens

Birthwort

(syn. Aristolochia altissima) - Evergreen climber with glossy heart-shaped leaves. Pitcher-shaped dullish-red flowers with a bright yellow throat

 
£20.00 each 
Available again from APRIL 2024
When fresh stock arrives
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BERBERIS valdiviana

BERBERIS valdiviana

Barberry

a wonderful species with long drooping racemes of saffron-yellow flowers and large leathery spineless leaves

 
£40.00 each 
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BETULA utilis ssp. albosinensis 'China Ruby'

BETULA utilis ssp. albosinensis 'China Ruby'

Chinese red-barked birch

an original Chinese introduction by Ernest Wilson and arguably one of the very finest birches for its bark. Peeling bark is creamy-white flushed grey and pink maturing to a coppery-red. Spectacular! Limited availability

 
H/Std
£80.00 each 
BUDDLEJA stenostachya

BUDDLEJA stenostachya

Buddleia, Butterfly bush

woolly leaves and lilac mauve flowers

 
£17.50 each 
Available late spring to early summer 2024
Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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BUDDLEJA yunnanensis

BUDDLEJA yunnanensis

Buddleia, Butterfly bush

large tapering leaves and violet flowers on this rare Chinese species first discovered in 1915

 
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£17.50 each 
CALOTHAMNUS quadrifidus

CALOTHAMNUS quadrifidus

Common net bush, One-sided bottlebrush

Grey-green needle-like leaves and bottlebrush flowers arranged on one side of the stem. Flowers are usually red, though some forms are yellow or white

 
£20.00 each 
Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC
Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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CALYCANTHUS floridus 'Athens'

CALYCANTHUS floridus 'Athens'

Carolina allspice, Carolina sweetshrub

fragrant pale yellow long lasting flower. Slow growing

 
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£40.00 each 
CAMPYLOTROPIS macrocarpa

CAMPYLOTROPIS macrocarpa

Red-stemmed racemes of purple/white flowers in late summer. Attractive trifoliate leaves

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£20.00 each 
CARPINUS fangiana

CARPINUS fangiana

Fang's hornbeam

perhaps the most striking and unusual of all hornbeams which is a serious 'must have' for any collector. Bronze young leaves and long clusters of fruits with toothed bracts

 
Grafted
£30.00 each 
Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC
Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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CARPINUS kawakamii

CARPINUS kawakamii

Hornbeam

small tree in cultivation. Serrated leaves and long catkins. Evergreen in our climate in Cornwall

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£25.00 each 
CARPINUS polyneura

CARPINUS polyneura

Hornbeam

reddish-purple new growth of willow-like appearance. Strongly veined leaves with long pinted tips

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£25.00 each 
CERCIS glabra

CERCIS glabra

Judas tree

rounded kidney-shaped leaves and pink pea-like flowers before or with the leaves

 
£25.00 each 
Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC
Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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CINNAMOMUM camphora

CINNAMOMUM camphora

Camphor tree

when you crush the leaves the spicy smell is overwhelming. Tender but well worth trying in a sheltered spot as this is a handsome foliage shrub

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£20.00 each 
Large
£40.00 each 
CINNAMOMUM japonicum

CINNAMOMUM japonicum

Japanese chinnamon, Korean camphor

Shiny, three-veined leaves. Flowers, bark and foliage are fragrant

 
£37.50 each 
Available again from summer 2024
Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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CLETHRA tomentosa 'Cottondale'

CLETHRA tomentosa 'Cottondale'

Summer sweet, Sweet pepper bush, White alder

US species with long tapering racemes of flowers. Suckers are produced from the base of the plant to create a spreading clump

 
Small
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£27.50 each 
Large
£50.00  
DACRYCARPUS dacrydioides

DACRYCARPUS dacrydioides

Kahikatea, New Zealand white pine

small tree with extraordinary long slender drooping branchlets with tiny bronze-green leaves. The tree often appears dead when viewed from a distance

 
£22.50 each 
Availability yet to be determined
We don't yet know when or if this plant is coming back into stock
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DAPHNE bholua 'Garden House Ghost'

DAPHNE bholua 'Garden House Ghost'

heavily scented white flowers in winter

 
£55.00 each 
Availability yet to be determined
We don't yet know when or if this plant is coming back into stock
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DAPHNE bholua 'Mary Rose'

DAPHNE bholua 'Mary Rose'

deep purple-pink, darker in bud. Comparatively large flowers and highly scented

 
£60.00 each 
Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC
Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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DIPELTA floribunda

DIPELTA floribunda

Rosy dipelta

fragrant weigela-like flowers which are pink flushed yellow at the throat. An underrated plant

 
£30.00 each 
Availability yet to be determined
We don't yet know when or if this plant is coming back into stock
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Large
£50.00 each 
Estimated availability autumn 2024 Any time SEPT-DEC
Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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DIPTERONIA sinensis

DIPTERONIA sinensis

tiny flowers and pinnate leaves. It is however the clusters of pale green becoming red winged seeds in autumn which make this plant stand out

 
£40.00 each 
Availability yet to be determined
We don't yet know when or if this plant is coming back into stock
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EMMENOPTERYS henryi

EMMENOPTERYS henryi

rare tree with bronze coloured young growth and large ovate leaves. It has very seldom flowered in the UK so the sight of its large flattish white pyramidical flowers remains a great challenge

 
£75.00 each 
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ENKIANTHUS cernuus rubens

ENKIANTHUS cernuus rubens

deep red tinged flowers with deep reddish-purple autumn colour

 
£30.00 each 
Available late spring to early summer 2024
Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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Large
£45.00  
Availability yet to be determined
We don't yet know when or if this plant is coming back into stock
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