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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MELICYTUS crassifolius

MELICYTUS crassifolius

thick green leaves and small flowers, later white fruits. Native to New Zealand. Thrives in sandy or rocky soils. Dislikes heavy wet soil

 
£20.00 each 
MICHELIA martinii

MICHELIA martinii

leathery leaves and fragrant brownish-yellow flowers

 
£60.00 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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MICROTROPIS petelotii

MICROTROPIS petelotii

evergreen leathery leaves

 
£20.00 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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NEOLITSEA sericea

NEOLITSEA sericea

(formerly LITSEA glauca) - very attractive silky, rusty-brown, new growth which becomes dark green above and whitish below. Highly aromatic when crushed

 
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£25.00 each 
NOTHOFAGUS menziesii

NOTHOFAGUS menziesii

Silver beech

distinctive small dark green leaves and a silvery white trunk.

 
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£25.00 each 
ORIXA japonica

ORIXA japonica

Japanese orixa

aromatic leaves and small green flowers. Dioecious

 
£20.00 each 
OXYDENDRUM arboreum

OXYDENDRUM arboreum

Sorrel tree, Sourwood

Racemes of white flowers and superb crimson and yellow autumn colouring

 
Small
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£25.00 each 
Large
£80.00 each 
Estimated availability autumn 2022
Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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PACHYSTEGIA insignis

PACHYSTEGIA insignis

Marlborough rock daisy

White daisy flowers. Silver felted shoots and silver-backed green leaves

 
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£27.50 each 
PAULOWNIA kawakamii

PAULOWNIA kawakamii

Foxglove tree

pale lilac blue flowers

 
£25.00 each 
Estimated availability autumn 2022
Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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PERSEA japonica

PERSEA japonica

exfoliating bark and greenish-white flowers on red stalks once this evergreen has matured

 
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£25.00 each 
PERSEA thunbergii

PERSEA thunbergii

Japanese bay, Machilus

(syn. Machilus thunbergii). The most striking feature of this dense large leafed evergreen tree is its striking bright red new growth which is splendid in June

 
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£25.00 each 
PHOTINIA beauverdiana var notabilis

PHOTINIA beauverdiana var notabilis

small white flowers followed by orange-red fruits. Fast-growing deciduous tree

 
£25.00 each 
Available from July 2022
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PHOTINIA villosa var coreana

PHOTINIA villosa var coreana

white flowers followed by red fruits. Good autumn colour

 
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£25.00 each 
PHYLICA arborea

PHYLICA arborea

Island Cape myrtle

small needle-like leaves and white flowers

 
£25.00 each 
Estimated availability autumn 2022
Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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PHYLLOCLADUS trichomanoides

PHYLLOCLADUS trichomanoides

Celery pine, Tanekaha

a small slowish growing tree from New Zealand with flattened green leaf-like stems call cladodes arranged pinnately in attractive fronds. The emerging cladodes are an attractive reddish-brown. Perfectly hardy and unusual

 
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£20.00 each 
PHYLLOCLADUS trichomanoides var alpinus

PHYLLOCLADUS trichomanoides var alpinus

Alpine celery pine, Mountain toatoa

a dwarf and stunted small shrub with an erect habit and numerous diamond shaped cladodes. The clusters of upright male stroboli (or flower cones) are extremely attractive

 
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£20.00 each 
PILGERODENDRON uviferum

PILGERODENDRON uviferum

a rare slow growing upright conifer with scale-like leaves in four ranks

 
small
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£25.00  
Large
£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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PITTOSPORUM adaphniphylloides

PITTOSPORUM adaphniphylloides

Parchment bark

(formerly daphnephylloides) - huge dark green leaves of up to 10 ins. Scented cream flowers and small red fruit. Hardy if sheltered

 
£25.00 each 
Estimated availability autumn 2022
Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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PITTOSPORUM bicolor

PITTOSPORUM bicolor

Parchment bark

downy young stems. Small, maroon-crimson flowers

 
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£16.50 each 
PITTOSPORUM illicioides

PITTOSPORUM illicioides

Parchment bark

fragrant cream-yellow flowers

 
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£20.00 each 
PITTOSPORUM napaulense

PITTOSPORUM napaulense

Parchment bark

panicles of scented yellow flowers

 
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£20.00 each 
PLATYCARYA strobilacea

PLATYCARYA strobilacea

rounded tree with alternate pinnate leaves and tiny yellow-green catkin flowers. Winged fruits which remain on the tree until the following year

 
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£35.00 each 
PLATYCRATER arguta

PLATYCRATER arguta

narrow, slightly toothed leaves. Small white flowers in late summer

 
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£25.00 each 
PODOCARPUS henkellii

PODOCARPUS henkellii

Henkel's yellowwood

South African species which has proved just as hardy as P. salignus in the last 3 winters. Extremely long and slightly curved dark green leaves. A compact growing small tree

 
£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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POLIOTHYRSIS sinensis

POLIOTHYRSIS sinensis

red-stalked ovate and slender pointed leaves. Fragrant creamy-yellow flowers in conical panicles

 
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£55.00 each 
POLYLEPIS australis

POLYLEPIS australis

small, blue-grey, pinnate leaves and peeling, rich cinnamon-coloured bark

 
£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
£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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POPULUS lasiocarpa

POPULUS lasiocarpa

Chinese necklace poplar

a magnificent tree with huge red veined leaves often a foot long and nearly as wide. Seeds when mature are like cotton

 
£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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PROTEA Banksia serrata

PROTEA Banksia serrata

Old man banksia, Red honeysuckle, Saw banksia, Saw-toothed banksia

serrated leaves and yellow-green flowers

 
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£20.00 each 
PROTEA Hakea laurina

PROTEA Hakea laurina

Emu bush, Kodjet, Pin-cushion hakea

flowers resemble a pin-cushion in shape when open, with a red-pink globular centre and white pins radiating out

 
£25.00 each 
Available Early Spring 2023
Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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PROTEA Telopea 'Braidwood Brilliant'

PROTEA Telopea 'Braidwood Brilliant'

Waratah

brilliant red flowers

 
£40.00 each 
Estimated availability autumn 2022
Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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