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Formal

Formal? Architectural? What’s the difference? Well, formal is architectural but also a bit more… formal. Most varieties which suit a formal planting style will also work in an architectural one, but the reverse is not always true. Architectural style tends to also include emphasis on contour line and strong if amorphic shape. Some varieties which provide these strong architectural features cannot be controlled with pruning and are unsuitable for a very formal design which may require long term precision maintenance to maintain lines of the design. All the varieties we suggest below either respond well to clipping or pruning, or have a naturally very symmetrical and regular crown shape.

Arbutus unedo

Arbutus unedo

10082 - Strawberry Tree

Betula utilis 'Doorenbos'

Betula utilis 'Doorenbos'

10099 - Himalayan birch

Carpinus betulus (Hedging)

Carpinus betulus (Hedging)

10121 - Hornbeam Hedging

Carpinus betulus (Pleached)

Carpinus betulus (Pleached)

10123 - Common Hornbeam

Cornus kousa var. chinensis

Cornus kousa var. chinensis

10590 - Chinese dogwood

Crataegus x per. 'Prunifolia Splend

Crataegus x per. 'Prunifolia Splend

10175 - Broad-leaved cockspur thorn

Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'

Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'

10731 - Winged spindle tree

Magnolia 'Heaven Scent'

Magnolia 'Heaven Scent'

10786 - Magnolia

Magnolia grand. 'Gallissonnière'

Magnolia grand. 'Gallissonnière'

10291 - Bull bay magnolia

Magnolia grand. 'Goliath'

Magnolia grand. 'Goliath'

10292 - Bull bay magnolia

Magnolia kobus

Magnolia kobus

10294 - Northern Japanese magnolia

Osmanthus x fortunei

Osmanthus x fortunei

10357 - Osmanthus

Parrotia persica (Topiary)

Parrotia persica (Topiary)

11121 - Persian ironwood

Prunus avium 'Plena'

Prunus avium 'Plena'

10390 - Double white cherry

Quercus ilex

Quercus ilex

10463 - Holm oak

Taxus baccata

Taxus baccata

10505 - English yew