Trees with Attractive Bark

Trees with attractive bark become an important ornamental element in winter when the shedding of leaves exposes trunks and branches revealing their glory.

Often varying bark textures can be seen on the same tree and this adds an attractive aspect during winter when the surrounding landscape is bare.

Birch trees can be a wonderful choice in this regard, from Betula utilis Jacquemontii with its white stems and graceful ascending branches, to Betula albosinensis Fascination which has outstanding stem colour of orange peeling to pink and cream and then purest white once the tree gets beyond 30cm girth.

In autumn many of our birch trees put on a spectacular show of bright yellow leaf colour while their bark colour can run from salmon pink to reddish brown and white and can peel to give an interestingly textured appearance. These different colours and bark textures of the many birch species provide outstanding winter interest.

Feel free to browse through our stock, we are always happy to talk about our trees. Visits to the nursery are welcome by appointment and are a great way to experience our trees for yourself.

  • "Acer griseum is a small tree, but a magnificent one. Originally from China, from an early age the bark peels to reveal cinnamon coloured under-bark and the trifoliate leaves have attractive reddish tints in autumn. Introduced by Ernest Wilson in 1901. Acer griseum does best in moist, well drained soil, and is not drought tolerant. Nutrient rich, wet soil can inhibit autumn colour."
  • "Betula albosinensis Fascination (Chinese Birch) is a refined clone with dark green leaves, which are large for a birch, appearing in April, along with the showy display of yellow catkins. It has outstanding stem colour-orange peeling to pink and cream and then purest white once the tree gets beyond 30cm girth. It is a medium sized tree, becoming oval as it matures and has stiffly ascending branches. Betula albosinensis Fascination is a great choice for parks and verges growing well on most soils."
  • "Betula Costata is a most attractive species of birch, whose bark has a complex and delicate beauty. The bark itself is primarily fawn coloured, with pale pinkish to orange hues. Atop these hues are a strong pattern of striations. The bark also peels to reveal further subtleties of colour beneath. The crown is fairly upright and oval in youth, Betula Costata increasingly broadens with age to a rounded or columnar shape. Bright green leaves with conspicuous veins; golden autumn tones. A shallow rooting tree."
  • "Betula ermanii Holland (Ermans Birch) was originally from North Asia and Japan and was first cultivated in the 1880s. It is one of the first trees to emerge with new leaf in the spring and one of the first to fall in autumn. An important feature is its ability to tolerate reflected heat and light very well making it a great urban tree that requires little maintenance. Betula ermanii Holland is an elegant and vigorous medium to large tree with bright green, often heart shaped and prominently veined leaves which appear very early in spring becoming clear yellow in autumn.It grows well on most soils."
  • "Betula nigra, also known as the River Birch or Red Birch is one of the very best trees for wet soils. This tree was originally found along river banks in the South East United States and is signified by its unique, shaggy and flaking cinnamon coloured bark. Once heard likened to “peeling skin”, the bark of this tree is truly remarkable and gives the stem an almost soft and fluffy like appearance. Betula nigra is an impressive and statuesque tree at maturity, producing a broadly pyramidal form as it ages. The foliage, like most Birch, is diamond shaped and a soft green colour. This tree performs exceptionally well in wet soil, yet has also been planted successfully in urban conditions."
  • "The crown is fairly upright and oval in youth, Betula Costata increasingly broadens with age to a rounded or columnar shape. Bright green leaves with conspicuous veins; golden autumn tones. A shallow rooting tree. It is a very good for parks and woodlands, but not suitable for areas where soil becomes compacted. It will grow well on most other soils and is available as both a single stemmed tree and as a multi-stem."
  • "Betula pendula Youngii (Young's Weeping Birch) is a small to medium weeping birch which has no defined central leader and therefore eventually forms an attractive dome shape. The thin branches of Betula pendula Youngii eventually reach the ground and the serrated, triangular leaves show good autumn colour. It develops a smooth white bark and it is an attractive specimen tree for lawns. It grows well on most soils and has been a great favourite for many years."
  • "Betula utilis Jacquemontii is a native of the western Himalayas, it makes a medium tree with ascending branches, and is also spectacular when grown as a multi-stem. Its oval, dark green leaves turn golden yellow in autumn. Excellent for urban plantings, it grows well on most soils. It can be very effectively placed against a dark background in a garden as the white stems bounce back in contract."
  • "This pretty cherry is most notable for its stunning golden orange, smoothly polished bark, which is as impressive in young trees as it is in mature ones. Like Prunus serrula Tibetica, the bark really is this trees crowning glory, with the offering of white flowers that are similar to Bird Cherry flowers, being more of a token gesture than a glorious display. The flowers appear early in spring, followed by small, deep green leaves which have a serrated edge to them. In autumn the foliage turns a clear yellow, which contrasts nicely with the golden orange bark.Prunus maackii Amber Beauty is a strong growing cherry tree and will tolerate a range of tougher environments including streets and paved areas. The crown is upright when the tree is young, broadening to a more rounded shape with age. Like all cherries, this tree prefers to be planted in free draining soils and does not enjoy having wet feet."
  • "Tilia cordata Winter Orange has uniquely orangey red stems that glow firey orange throughout the winter. This beautiful tree is a new variety of the Small Leaved Lime Tilia cordata which was found as a seedling in the Netherlands in the 1970’s. It has the characteristic heart shaped leaves of its parent which are lime green throughout the summer time. Fragrant creamy white flowers appear in July. In the autumn time the leaves are early to turn and fall, at which point they become a bright buttery yellow. Throughout the winter time this tree gives its most vivid display, when the red buds and orange shoots are the most prominent. Tilia cordata Winter Orange is a medium to large tree with crown which is broadly oval at maturity. Being part of the Lime family, it is a tough performer, tolerating the rigours of the urban environment and a range of soil conditions including clay."

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