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The Queen's Green Canopy

It’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, and to mark the occasion, people all over the UK are planting a tree for the jubilee. The green canopy created will improve the UK’s environment, increasing much needed green space and creating sustainable legacy for generations to come. We’ve curated this selection of the best trees to plant - ornamental and fruit trees, trees with a royal connection, UK native trees and trees for smaller gardens or pots - so that everyone can join in with this unique tree planting initiative. Read on for help with choosing!

Need help picking?

How to choose your tree

Think about the size of your garden and pick a tree that will best fit your space. If you don’t have space in open ground, there are lots of trees you can grow in containers - see our top picks for small spaces here. You might choose a fruit tree, a UK native tree like an Oak or Rowan which are great for supporting wildlife, or an ornamental tree which will look great all year round, like a Crabapple or Cherry Blossom. The type of soil and amount of sunlight you have might also influence your choice - if you have an acidic soil, go for trees such as Magnolias, Willows or Sweetgums. If your garden is on the shadier side, pick a tree which doesn’t need full sun, like an Acer, Birch or Crabapple.

How to plant your tree

The best time to plant a Bare Root tree is from October to March, when they are dormant (not growing). A potted tree can be planted at any time. You’ll need a spade, a fork, some compost or well rotted manure and a stake to support the tree - get yours here. Dig a hole large enough for the tree’s roots then position the tree in the hole. Make sure that the bottom of the stem (where the roots begin) is level with the ground. Carefully refill the hole, adding in some of your compost or manure, then firm the soil down around the tree. Fix your stake into the ground and attach it to the tree at a 45 degree angle, taking care not to damage the roots. Give the tree a good water after planting. For a more detailed guide, check out our How to Plant a Tree feature.

Protect your tree and help it to grow

Water your tree regularly until the roots have established and new growth starts in the spring. Try to keep a metre around the tree weed-free - putting on a layer of mulch will help with this and also provide the tree with nutrients. Check your tree’s individual product page for advice on how much sunlight, water and feeding it will need - and take a look at our knowledge pages for more useful tips.

Conference Pear Tree

Who doesn't love a Conference Pear?

2 options from from £32.00
  • Superb, aromatic flavour and soft, juicy flesh
  • The nation's favourite Pear tree
  • Mutiple size options available inc. Patio Tree
  • RHS Award Winner
Mountain Ash Rowan Tree | Sorbus aucuparia
Mountain Ash Rowan Tree | Sorbus aucuparia

Perfect size & shape, fiery autumn foliage, vibrant winter berries & creamy autumn flowers - What more do you want?

1 option from £45.00 £40.00
  • Beautiful pink berries
  • Spectacular Autumn colour
  • Aids native wildlife & bees
  • Tolerant of pollution
Silver Birch Tree | Betula Pendula

Statuesque, with classic silver-white bark

1 option from from £45.00
  • A striking, medium-sized deciduous tree
  • Elegant silver bark and gracefully weeping branches
  • A favourite of local wildlife
  • Fully hardy and low-maintenance
Red Windsor Apple Tree
Red Windsor Apple Tree

Best apple for beginners–easy to grow & super reliable

1 option from £40.00
  • Sweet red easy-growing dessert apple
  • Max size H3m x W3m - M26 Rootstock
  • Mid season - harvest August to September
  • Self fertile - will produce good crops without pollination
Kilmarnock Dwarf Weeping Willow Tree | Salix Caprea

A gracefully weeping, compact willow

3 options from from £25.00
  • Dwarf willow tree perfect for small spaces
  • Abundance of fuzzy grey catkins
  • Weeping habit is stunning when covered in snow or frost
  • Ideal for attracting pollinators
Golden Weeping Willow Tree | Salix Chrysocoma

A true arboricultural icon often found raining down cascades of gold elegance upon the riverbanks of our nation

1 option from from £45.00
  • An abundance of gracefully weeping yellow branches
  • Yellow catkins appearing in the spring
  • Green foliage from spring all through to autumnMORE
  • Grows to 12m height
Pink Pagoda Rowan Tree | Sorbus hupehensis

The perfect choice to add a splash of pink to your garden

1 option from from £45.00
  • Beautiful pink blushed berries
  • Enchantingly beautiful colours for each season
  • Aids native wildlife & bees
  • Compact size - 4x4m
Ecolette' Patio Apple Tree | 4.5L Pot

Big flavours from a small tree

1 option from £35.00
  • Grow apples in pots on your patio
  • Exquisite balanced flavour similar to Elstar
  • High yields of fruit from a small space
  • Mid-late season harvest
English Oak Tree | Quercus Robur

The King of Trees

1 option from from £20.00
  • Grand and Majestic Oak Tree
  • Dark green foliage in summer
  • Spectacular bronze autumn colour
  • Very popular with local wildlife
Weeping Silver Birch Tree | Betula Pendula Youngii

A smaller and more weeping alternative

1 option from from £50.00
  • A smaller and more weeping alternative
  • Compact dome and long, graceful branches
  • Perfect for smaller spaces
  • Fully hardy and low-maintenance
Joseph Rock Rowan Tree | Sorbus

The perfect choice to add a splash of yellow to your garden

1 option from from £45.00
  • Beautiful yellow berries
  • Vibrant red autumn foliage
  • Tolerant of pollution
  • Compact size - 7x4m
Corkscrew Willow | Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'

Uniquely-shaped twisting and contorting branches

1 option from from £40.00
  • Uniquely-shaped twisting and contorting branches
  • Fresh, bright green foliage
  • An ideal choice to add winter interest
  • Offers varied seasonal interest
Jelly King' Crabapple Tree

If you want to enter the jam-making business this tree is for you

1 option from from £50.00
  • The Jelly King best for jelly making
  • Fruit lasting all the way to December
  • Harvest will increase as the tree ages
  • Beautiful display of pale pink flowers
Professor Sprenger' Crabapple Tree

Perfect for Pollinators

1 option from £35.00
  • White blossom unfurling from deep pink buds
  • Golden yellow leaves in autumn
  • Red-orange fruits make outstanding jelly
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators
Nottingham Medlar Tree

A fantastic base for fruit jams

1 option from from £36.00
  • Winner of RHs award of Garden Merit
  • Gnarled and twisted trunk
  • Fantastic base for fruit jams
  • A small tree of great character
Ornamental Pear Tree | Pyrus Chanticleer
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Ornamental Pear Tree | Pyrus Chanticleer

Small ornamental tree with abundance of white blossom

0 options from £35.00
  • Abundance of pure white blossom and dark green foliage
  • Distinct red foliage in autumn
  • Fantastic specimen tree
  • Ideal for small gardens
Evergreen Oak Tree | Quercus Ilex

A Majestic Oak tree

1 option from £50.00
  • Provides year-round interest
  • Dark green foliage in summer
  • Spectacular bronze autumn colour
  • Produces acorns which are popular with local wildlife
Lord Napier Patio Nectarine Tree
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Lord Napier Patio Nectarine Tree

Reliable, prolific and well suited to UK climate

0 options from £24.00
  • The best performing Nectarine
  • Reliable, heavy crops of large, juicy fruit
  • Self Fertile
  • Max size H4m x W4m - SJA Rootstock
Evereste Crabapple Tree

Superb display of large white flowers and red fruit

1 option from from £30.00
  • Dazzling amount of white flowers turning pink
  • Very attractive red berries ideal for birds or jelly
  • Popular for its fire blight resistance
  • Proudly holding the RHS Award of Golden Merit
Purple Filbert' Hazel Tree
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Purple Filbert' Hazel Tree

Small but mighty nut tree

0 options from £35.00
  • Plum purple foliage
  • Produces good crops of delicious hazelnuts
  • Excellent for smaller gardens or as hedging
  • Yellow catkins add winter interest
Cut-Leaf Mountain Ash Tree | Sorbus asplenifolia
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Cut-Leaf Mountain Ash Tree | Sorbus asplenifolia

Graceful tree for smaller spaces

0 options from £45.00
  • Ivory white flowers in May and early June
  • Clusters of fiery orange berries for the birds
  • Distinctive fern-like pinnate leaves
  • Neat form grows to 10 x 4m
Royalty Crabapple Tree
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Royalty Crabapple Tree

Royal red foliage and flowers

0 options from £22.00
  • Deep purple-red flowers in mid spring
  • Purple foliage turns red in autumn
  • Deep red cherry-like fruits
  • Easy maintenance
Regina Cherry Tree
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Regina Cherry Tree

The Queen of Cherries

0 options from £20.00
  • Large, dark red juicy dessert cherries
  • Late season - harvest in August
  • Colt rootstock: max size 4 x 4m
  • Not self fertile - Pollination Group 4
Crimson Frost' Silver Birch Tree
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Crimson Frost' Silver Birch Tree

Colour all year round

0 options from £19.00
  • Distinctive creamy white peeling bark
  • Burgundy leaves turning fiery red-orange in autumn
  • Bark changes colour as it matures
  • Grows to approx 12m

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