CLOUD BACKUP

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Diy -

Large, sculp­tural, spec­i­men trees, such as box cones and spi­rals in con­tain­ers as big as boats, are fab­u­lous but ex­pen­sive for 2017, with 3m olive trees with trunks as thick as a man’s fore­arm start­ing at from €450- €3,000. In­stantly grat­i­fy­ing in pimp­ing the land­scape, pom-pom top­i­ary trees, ‘cloud pruned’ to bon­sai forms (dubbed Dr Seuss trees by one witty ad­mirer) are in strong ev­i­dence in gar­den cen­tres all over Ire­land this year.

Be­yond Buxus, choices in­clude fra­grant and beau­ti­fully dense Pi­nus ni­gra and Cryp­tomeraia japon­ica (for­mi­da­ble if not trained) avail­able in larger sizes from €150 and ris­ing to the high hun­dreds. The size and for­mal­ity of these pieces is what you’re pay­ing for, so con­sider their place­ment and fu­ture main­te­nance when jus­ti­fy­ing the in­vest­ment. Re­search Ja­panese Ni­waki prun­ing be­fore you buy.

Spec­i­men tree from Caragh Nurs­ery, caragh­nurs­eries.ie.

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