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Red Squirrel Mix

Holly, Scots Pine, Oak, Rowan

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Red Squirrel Mix

Our native Red Squirrel is under threat by the invasive, American grey squirrel, which passes on disease and destroys the Red Squirrel habitat. However, these four trees have been chosen because they are known to be favoured by the Red Squirrel without encouraging the invasive grey. In a pack of four, you will get one each of: Holly, Scots Pine, Cherry and Hawthorn

Holly (Ilex aquifolium)

Famous for the red berries seen on female trees, Holly is most often seen as bushes or hedges. However, they also make compact trees and cna ensure that you are never without Christmas decoration.

Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Scots Pine and Red Squirrels have evolved together in Scotland for centuries and make perfect companions. Ancient Caledonian pinewoods are essential refuges for remaining Red Squirrels. As the Scots Pine matures, it develops a distinctive red bark.

Cherry (Prunus avium)

With a beautiful spring blossom followed by delicious, red cherries, the Cherry blossom tree will be appreciated by you as much as the Red Squirrels.

Hawthorn (Crateagus monogyna)

Normally thought of as a hedging species, the Hawthorn grows into a charaterful, gnarly tree. Another species with wonderful blossom, the Hawthorn is also known for its red, haw fruits in the autumn.

Please note that we do occasionally sell out of some species throughout the season and we reserve the right to replace one species in the mix with an equivelent species. Please contact us if you want to confirm availability.

All our trees and shrubs are grown to be the perfect size for best establishment. For most species this can range from 20-60cm above the root plug. If you would like to discuss specific sizes, please contact us.

Holly Folklore

The pagan druids first used holly as a crown of protection as they went to conduct rituals in the forest. Later, Christians developed this mythology and hung holly branches on their doors to ward off evil spirits who were thought to visit more frequently during holy days

Scots Pine Folklore

Druids burnt fires of Scots pine at the winter solstice as the tree was considered to be the tree of light and this ritual would bring the sun.

Cherry Folklore

Often thought of as a Witch's tree, the Cherry is also symblomatic of new life and vigour.

Hawthorn Folklore

The home of faeries, be kind to the lovely hawthorn tree and use the spring blossom as decoration as our forebears did.

 

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