Italian Specimen Plants

Over many years Italian Specimen plants have established themselves as a core component of the landscape and amenity scene.  Our Niccolai Elio Nursery is situated in the heart of the Pistoia area in Tuscany.  Here the fertility of the soil and the temperate climate provide ideal conditions for growing hardy nursery stock. And Niccolai can offer you the complete package of plants for which that region is famous throughout Europe.

On 25 hectares of open ground and container production Niccolai grow over 300 plant species in more than 540 cultivars. They supply many of the big-name nurseries nearby, so when you buy from Niccolai you are certainly buying “direct from the grower” – and at a competitive price! In addition, they can also put at your disposal quite a network of fellow growers in the area with whom they have built up a strong working relationship over many years.


It used to be the case that bringing in Italian Specimen plants to the UK meant buying a complete lorry load. No longer the case. We organise frequent “just in time” deliveries from Pistoa of part loads throughout the season. And we will quote delivery-inclusive prices into the bargain. Minimum values are surprisingly low!  See the latest availability lists for full details.

Their range;

  • Shrubs and Conifers for instant impact up to 6m and beyond
  • Deciduous and Evergreen Trees, including Quercus ilex (Holm Oak) and Olea Europaea (Olive)
  • Specimen climbers such Campsis, Hedera, Trachelospermum jasminoides & Wisteri etc
  • Palms, Bamboos, Cordyline, Phormium and Mediterranean exotics
  • Ever-popular lollipop standards, including Laurus Nobilis (Bay Laurel), Photinia, Ligustrum, Viburnum tinus and Olea Europaea (Olive)

Topiary shapes and figures to add formal elegance or imagination or humour – from cones & spirals to cloud trees and racing cars. Budget flights now make it easier than ever to organise a buying trip to Italy to see for yourself the terrific quality that Niccolai have to offer. Owner Luca Niccolai and commercial manager Sara Capecchi would be delighted to show you their nursery and plants. You will certainly be impressed with the professionalism and enthusiasm of their team and the tailor-made customer service they and your Kolff plants representative can provide.  They will, of course, be ready with some fabulous Tuscan hospitality too!