Betula utilis var. jacquemontii - Sought after for their white bark, the colour of which develops fully when the tree is around 8 years old, and their dark green leaves that turn butter-yellow in autumn, this elegant tree will also produce yellowy brown catkins in spring. These trees have been cut back when young to create three separate stems.
Trees for small gardens: Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Group, copper beech, is a large tree, but it can be pleached to provide a screen. Tie in young stems to form a framework, then trim annually. Photo by Sarah Cuttle.