Frank P Matthews
Betula trees or Birch are some of the most graceful of all trees providing interest throughout the seasons. Healthy foliage in summer turns brilliant autumn shade before dropping to reveal the ornamental bark. From dynamic white to chocolate brown, smooth and shaggy there is a wide range of bark features available. It takes time for the bark colour to develop on a Betula tree, but it is well worth the wait!
Whilst the most popular feature of Betula is their beautiful bark, they are also accompanied by pollen-filled catkins which appear with new leaves in the spring.
They will succeed on most soils with certain species happy even in wet sites. Although tolerant of chalk soils they will not reach maximum size in these conditions. Best in full sun
Common Silver Birch
White peeling bark with age, slightly pendulous branches. Diamond-shaped green leaves turn yellow in autumn.
Strong growing with a pure white heavy trunk and branch structure. Stunning in winter. Attractive, long catkins.
The White Chocolate Birch
A narrow and upright, fast growing birch which has a wonderful white chocolate coloured stem.
Chinese Red Barked Birch
Deep orange, satin, peeling bark revealing layers of variable colour. Exceptional long brown catkins in the spring.
Tall, slender, graceful tree with cut leaves and drooping branchlets. The glistening white bark provides winter interest.
Persistent rich burgundy leaves and, in time, a good white stem with cinnamon hues. Yellow-orange-red autumn colours.
Noted for its vigour and upright habit. Eventually developing a good white bark. Lovely yellow autumn foliage.
A strong growing birch with a gorgeous dark mahogany, peeling bark, similar to ‘Darkness’.
Himalayan Birch. Produces a lovely early white stem within three years. Strong yellowish-golden autumn tints. An exceptional tree!
Ascending branches, coppery bark peels to leave a distinctive white. Green serrated leaves, gold in autumn.
Striking white bark and drooping dark leaves. The peeling white bark is highlighted with silvery-grey hue.
Wonderful for the small garden with a gleaming white bark from an early age. Upright, graceful and light in stature.