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Malus sieboldii Aros takes best in show at New Plant Awards

Malus sieboldii Aros from Frank P Matthews. Image courtesy of HTA.

Whilst purple leaved trees are not uncommon this one has a particularly strong colour and good habit.

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20 June 2017 | 0

Malus sieboldii Aros from Frank P. Matthews has been crowned the Best in Show at the New Plant Awards on the opening morning of the Horticulture Trade Association’s National Plant Show.

The show, sponsored by Hortipak, took place on June 20th and 21st at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.

The New Plant Awards, sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society  (RHS), are the beating heart of the show and create an area bursting with inspiration for visitors.

“Malus sieboldii Aros really stood out as a true winner. Whilst purple leaved trees are not uncommon this one has a particularly strong colour and good habit.Malus sieboldii Aros from Frank P Matthews. Image courtesy of HTA.

“It has a wide use in different garden situations and with its compact nature it is particularly suited to small gardens and patios. With its long season of interest and colour this tree will have wide appeal to many customers and has great potential as a really good seller.” said Tim Upson, judging panel member and Head of Horticulture at the RHS.

The winners are:

Annuals – Gold and Best in Category – Silene hybrid ‘Sl 11 04-61 Sparkling Rose from Kernock Park Plants Ltd

Herbaceous Perennials – Gold and Best in Category – Adenophera White Blaze from Darby Nursery Stock and Fairweather’s Nursery

Houseplants – Gold and Best in Category – Gloxinia sonata pink spot from Javado and Batchmere Ltd

Shrubs and Climbers – Gold and Best in Category –Passiflora Riverside Snow Queen from Newey PPL

Trees and Conifers – Gold and Best in Category – Malus sieboldii Aros from Frank P Matthews

This year’s judging panel included Tim Upson – RHS, Ian Hodgson – Garden News, Marcus Cousins – Aylett Nurseries, Ken Cox – Glendoick Garden Centre, with HTA’s Martin Simmons overseeing. All the entries were validated by Joy of Plants.

In addition to the formal announcement in the New Plant Awards area on the opening morning of the show there was also a seminar session for visitors highlighting the award winning plants and the benefits that they bring to help bolster plant sales.

All New Plant Award entries can be viewed at the show and visitors too can have their say by taking part in the Visitor Vote Awards, sponsored by Floramedia.

The winner of the Visitor Vote Award was Adenophera White Blaze from Darby Nursery Stock and Fairweather’s Nursery as Best in Show, at the New Plant Awards.

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