'Niwaki' is the Japanese term for what we would call a 'garden tree' - being distinct from Bonsai as a 'potted tree' by being on a larger scale, grown for planting directly in the ground, but still retaining the styling and artistic characteristics associated with this sculptural art form from Japan.
Our Niwaki trees have been carefully grown and tended for in Japan by generations of the same family for over 60 years. We select and import a range of Niwaki species. All are held in quarantine for at least two years before being placed on sale here in the UK exclusively by David Cheshire Nurseries.NIWAKI FOR SALE
David tending to a Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata) at our Nursery
Niwaki wins Plant of the Year 2021!
In August 2021, David Cheshire Nurseries' Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata) Niwaki won the prestigeous Plant of the Year Award at BBC Gardeners' World Live Special Edition as part of the Best Exhibit (Geoff Hamilton Award) in the Floral Marquee with Larchfield Trees.
Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata) Niwaki
A selection of our mature outdoor Japanese Yew Niwaki available to purchase from our nursery.
Japanese Holly (Ilex crenata) Niwaki
A selection of our mature outdoor Japanese Holly Niwaki available to purchase from our nursery.
Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora) Niwaki
A selection of our mature outdoor Japanese White Pine Niwaki available to purchase from our nursery.
Japanese White Pine
The Japanese white pine is a spectacular tree with blue needle foliage throughout the year. This tree is over 65 years old. Japanese grown. Fully hardy in the UK.
Sweet Osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) Niwaki
A selection of our mature outdoor Sweet Osmanthus Niwaki available to purchase from our nursery.
Grown for their fragrant peach-coloured flowers with the scent of ripe apricots in late summer and autumn, this semi-evergreen Sweet Olive is fully hardy in the UK. A beautiful feature garden tree (Niwaki).
It is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 3-12m (9-40ft) tall. The leaves are 7–15cm long. The flowers are white, pale yellow, yellow, or orange-yellow, small, about 1cm long, with a four-lobed corolla 5mm diameter, and have a strong fragrance. They are produced in small clusters in the late summer and autumn. The fruit is a purple-black drupe 10-15mm long containing a single hard-shelled seed.
Native to Asia from the Himalayas through South China (Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan) to Taiwan, southern Japan and Southeast Asia as far south as Cambodia and Thailand.
In China, its flowers are infused with green or black tea leaves to create osmanthus tea. The flowers are also used to produce osmanthus-scented jam, osmanthus cakes, dumplings, soups, and osmanthus liquor.
In Japan, it is the "city tree" of Kitanagoya, Aichi Prefecture and Beppu, Ōita Prefecture, and the "town tree" of Yoshitomi, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture.
In China, it has been adopted as the "city flower" of the cities of Hangzhou, Zhejiang; Suzhou, Jiangsu; and Guilin, Guangxi.