Mistletoe is a very traditional plant in Britain, it has a long history that has seen uses as a ritual symbol, as a loving gesture and as part of alternative medicines used to treat tumours even to this day.
There is still much that we do not know about mistletoe, especially how it intereacts with it's environment and it's surrounding ecosystem. It is a fascinating plant and one that provides winter berries for your gardens wildlife throughout those hard months.
It can provide you with a fresh supply of Mistletoe for Christmas and, with every sprigg cut off you are helping to manage the Mistletoe since it grows faster than the tree itself.
All of my trees are ornamental varieties, meaning that they are generally smaller with cherry sized fruits that hang on throughout the hard winter months (sometimes until January). All of the trees are also on dwarfing root stocks meaning that their overall height is less than that of a typically rooted crab apple. For more details of the trees go to The Trees page.
Being ornamental varieties, Mistletoe Trees are more attractive, more appealing for occasional gifts and also suit most places. They are not too big for a small garden in a city, or too small for a more extensive rural garden. They can even be grown on in large pots if desired.
Mistletoe Trees can also help encourage birds to your garden and increase the diversity of your gardens insect life. The mistletoe berries themselves are often eaten by birds (which is how mistletoe is naturally spread) and are usually linked with Mistle Thrushes and Black Caps. In addition, ornamental crab apples also produce small fruits that are important food sources for birds and insects throughout the winter months when other garden fruits are long gone.