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    Asian flair 


Wonders in the calm

Asian flair originating from a North German tree nursery doesn't have to be a contradiction. Green is an international language and Asian trees and shrubs have been an integral part of the Lorenz von Ehren nursery's assortment for a long time. Employees regularly fly to Japan to gather inspiration and learn from Japanese pruning masters. The knowledge and specialist expertise acquired has been continuously incorporated into the collection's Asian features — for over 40 years!
In our opinion, a very successful example is the Lorenz von Ehren show garden “Ost trifft West” (East meets West) at Castle Dyck in Jüchen near Düsseldorf which opened recently, in June 2018.


The “East meets West” show garden unites style elements from Japanese garden art with “western” design approaches creating a harmonious contrast of cultures. 3500m² of impressive trees and shrubs from our assortment are arranged according to species or type in an Asian garden theme. The calm and scenic design of the show garden allows the viewer to immerse themselves in their own world and, thanks to its winding paths new perspectives of abstract natural images are always on offer.

How about these graceful Japanese http://shop.lve-baumschule.n2g31.com/uyxofm8j-phwh33di-vtjsri3q-gz7maples? Acer palmatum, Acer japonicum or even Acer shirasawanum. With their slender, fan-shaped and often strongly slit leaves, they are delicate masterpieces of nature. In autumn, a firework display of colours underlines this feeling because the maple offers an inspiring range of hues from bright yellow to strong orange to deep red.

The Japanese camellia — Camellia japonica
Imagine it’s winter and everything is still bare, except for the lush, evergreen camellia bush  (Camellia japonica). Neither cold nor snow can stop this winter bloomer. In the first four months of the year, the shrub is a favourite thanks to its rose-like flower, which can reach a diameter of 12 cm. A real eye-catcher in the garden!
The first camellias probably arrived in Europe in the 16th century — curiously enough, mainly due to the efforts of the European states to import valuable tea plants. In China, ornamental camellias which look very similar were often classified as tea camellias because the country wanted to protect its tea monopoly at the time. As a result, camellia became a very popular garden plant in England as early as the middle of the 18th century, however, tea was still sourced from East Asia. Clever!

Cornus cousa chinensis — Chinese flowering dogwood
A white to pale pink magical blossom and reddish-pink fruit dream! With its densely branched foliage and interesting leaves this plant is an attractive eye-catcher in any garden. In late spring, the lush green of its foliage radiates a myriad of white to delicate pink floral stars. Later in the year, the Cornus kousa chinensis delights with its pink fruits which are reminiscent of raspberries and have an aromatic taste.
It’s a winter-hardy large shrub which is characterised by its slow growth. Cornus kousa chinensis is a subspecies of the Asian flowering dogwood and comes from the forests of China and Taiwan.
Prunus yedoensis — Yoshino cherry
The Yoshino cherry is a distinctive flowering cherry that blooms in Japan during the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Greenery day 29th April to 5th May) and is usually planted there in large numbers. Prunus yedoensis is uncomplicated and extremely frost hardy. The best location for this ornamental tree is a sunny to lightly-shady space. The beautiful ornamental cherry grows optimally in loamy, deep, permeable and humus soil. Due to its flowering splendour and its beautiful autumn coat it is ideal as a stand-alone tree in the garden, but also as roadside greenery.

Pinus parviflora — Japanese white pine
The Japanese bonsai white pine loves a bright, sunny location so that the colour in its needle-like leaves can develop optimally. It also prefers moderately dry to fresh, well-drained, humus-rich garden soil. Dry and lime-rich sites should be avoided. When Pinus parviflora is allowed to stand alone and free it presents itself from its most beautiful side. Perfect for Asian gardens.

Ginkgo biloba — Maidenhair tree
Today, the ginkgo is rightly called a living fossil because, from a geological point of view, it’s an ancient species. The ginkgo already existed in the Permian period, 250 million years ago. The ginkgo had to wait 100 million years for the first deciduous trees to finally appear and keep it company. It witnessed the evolution of dinosaurs and the coming and going of mammoths. The ginkgo tree has its own classification as ginkgoopsida and belongs neither to coniferous nor to deciduous trees although the leaves are fan-shaped and are shed in autumn. It is extremely robust, heat-tolerant and resistant to urban climates as well as heavy air pollution. The Ginkgo is not affected by European diseases and is surprisingly wind-resistant. In autumn, the leaves of the maidenhair tree turn bright yellow before falling off. We recommend the Ginkgo biloba as an ideal city tree. 

Taxus cuspidata — Japanese yew
This wood is very exclusive and the tree is robust, living up to 1,000 years if well cared for. Thanks to its low-maintenance character even inexperienced bonsai lovers can enjoy Taxus cuspidata right from the start. It’s not surprising that Taxus cuspidata has been one of the most popular bonsai plants in Japanese horticulture for centuries, as the wood is perfectly suited to pruning.

Even if this is only a small selection of trees and shrubs, it demonstrates that a great deal of variety is also possible in quiet, harmonious Asian gardens. Diversity in the shapes, colours and species of the trees.

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