Our guide to plants lingo


Glossary of Terminology

1/2 Standard
For trees this means it is of a normal upright shape.
For specimens, Roses & Topiary this is a plant with a clear stem, ending in a ball at the top.
1/4 Standard
This works on the same principle as the 1/2 standard except the clear stem and ball at the top are somewhat smaller and shorter than that of the 1/2 standard.
10ltPC / 15ltPC / Etc
This is a style of pot that is used extensively with specimen plants. This style of pot is a distinctive and attractive red/orange colour, often with a pronounced lip and decorative styling.
12/14 / 16/18 / etc
This is used for larger trees and specimens. This is the circumference of the stem of the tree measured at a point on the stem one metre up from the base.
1lt / 2lt / 3lt / Etc
This is the metric capacity in Litres of the pot in which the plants are supplied.
2-Ball / 3-Ball / 4-Ball / Etc
This is a variation of the ½ standard. This has balls of vegetation on a single stem separated by sections of clear stem.
3ltdeep / 4ltDeep / Etc
This is an elongated pot which is used for taller plants such as Climbers.
6-Tray / 8-Tray / 12-Tray / Etc
Plants that are supplied in a plastic carrying tray that hold 6/8/12/ect plants.
Plants in trays are sold by the full tray only.
A heavily pruned specimen plant that has a mature look while maintaining a minature/dwarf size.
A natural shaped plant that is sold in a traditional bush shape.
Usually used for very tall caned items such as wisteria
Plant grown in a columnar habit.
A pernenial plant that has shed all of it's foliage. The pot is now bare, but the plant will reshoot once it's growth period arrives.
This a ½ standard plant with an extra large ball at the top.
Feathered Standard
Denotes trees, usually specimen trees, that have branches on the stem all the way from tip to base.
A plant that has reached an age at which it has reached its full potential of size and shape.
This is generally a larger specimen with several main stems coming from the base in a single pot.
P9 / P13 / P14 / Etc
Format of pot sizes used in certain European markets. The number denotes the diameter of the pot opening in centimeters
This a specimen that has many stems on a single plant, each of which is clear and ends in a ball of vegetation.
This is a plant that has been grown from a young stage to saleable stage entirely in it's pot.
Potgrown is usually used to denote certain hedging / topiary ranges of plants that are commonly sold either potgrown or not-potgrown. Almost always, potgrown plants will suffer less water stress, establish more quickly etc. It can therefore be taken as a mark of quality.
A plant sold with a large decorative potsleeve that wraps around the pot.
Pre-Priced Labels
This is the term for printed labels, that can be supplied on request at a cost of €0.14 each.
These labels are bar-coded, pre-priced according to customer spec and show relevent traceability / Plant Passport information
This is a cone shaped plant, narrow at the top and wide at the bottom.
Plant grown in a corkscrew shape. Typically seen in topiary like Buxus or Ligustrum.
This is a plant that has been trained onto a trellis frame. This is generally a plant that is grown purposefully for wall cover such as pyracantha etc. Also widely used for specimen trees.
Topiary type where there is a long clear stem with an Umbrella shaped head formed of wire.
Wooden Planter
An attractive wooden crate used instead of a pot. This is used to hold larger specimens such as mature Olive trees (Olea Europaea).