This section features examples of trees and shrubs from Continental Europe that are not native to Finland. These plants must be selected carefully to make sure they can cope with the Finnish winter. This highlights the importance of the origin of the plants. Those from too far south will not prosper. The large broadleaved trees in this section represent typical native European tree species of a deciduous woodland: Norway Maples, Black Alders, English Oaks, Silver Birches.
European trees and shrubs have been cultivated in Finland since the 1700s, some with more success than others. The recent global warming has made it possible to cultivate many more species from Continental Europe here in Finland successfully.
Trees and shrubs from Continental Europe generally do not have as spectacular autumn foliage as species from other continents. For example, red foliage is quite rare in European flora.