Exotic Trees in Britain – trees that are rare but may be seen in botanical gardens, large parks or even domestic gardens.

During the Middle Ages plants were introduced from Europe, the Middle East, Russia and North Africa. Then explorers and plant collectors found new species from across the world. Commercial plant breeders often funded expeditions and then began to develop new cultivars from the acquisitions. From the mid 17th century, species  were brought in from North America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and eventually India, China and Japan.

Click on a name in red to see a full description of the tree.

Tulip Tree flower

TULIP TREE

Introduced from North America in the 17th century

Foxglove Tree flower

FOXGLOVE TREE

Introducd from China in 1838

Southern Catalpa flower

SOUTHERN CATALPA

Introduced from North America in 1726

Golden Rain Tree flowers

GOLDEN RAIN TREE

Introduced from China in 1763

HANDKERCHIEF TREE

Introduced from China in 1869

Yellow Buckeye flowers

YELLOW BUCKEYE

Introduced from North America in 1764

Persian Ironwood flowers

PERSIAN IRONWOOD

Introduced from Iran in 1841

Judas Tree flowers

JUDAS TREE

Introduced from the Middle East in 1600

QUINCE

Introduced from south-west Asia before 1200