Frank P Matthews
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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
Chinese Red Barked Birch
Deep orange, satin, peeling bark revealing layers of variable colour. Exceptional long brown catkins in the spring.
A lovely hybrid, slow growing and graceful. Smooth, creamy, chalk white bark. Rich yellow autumn colours.
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A vigorous form with dark coppery brown bark from an early age. Golden autumn colours and long yellow/brown catkins.
Strong and broad spreading growth habit. Shows its striking white bark after 2-3yrs. Golden yellow autumn foliage.
Common Silver Birch
White peeling bark with age, slightly pendulous branches. Diamond-shaped green leaves turn yellow in autumn.
Less weeping habit, smooth-downy shoots, bark white to base. Bright yellow autumn colour and brown catkins.
The white, creamy, smooth bark is comparable to the best of white utilis forms. Dark green leaves and yellow catkins.
Pale green leaves and long catkins. Peeling bark which is white, tinged with pale pink and cream.
Mid-sized slender, birch. Beautiful, coppery-pink bark when established. Bright green leaves with yellow in autumn.
A graceful, large birch with creamy white bark and horizontal lenticels. Rich yellow leaves in autumn.
Dark purple and orange, peeling bark and prominent horizontal lenticels. The mid-green leaves turn yellow-orange in autumn.
Strong growing with a pure white heavy trunk and branch structure. Stunning in winter. Attractive, long catkins.