birch bark cherry
- available to order from autumn
- 10 lt pot (1.5-1.8m)
- Standard £4.95
This tree is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: tolerates most soils
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Sold as a single-stemmed feathered tree, this gorgeous plant has something to offer throughout the year. Its polished mahogany coloured bark, which peels away in bands with age, is especially valuable in winter, when it will add a splash of much-needed colour to the garden. In spring, it has bowl-shaped white flowers, which appear just as the leaves are starting to emerge, and these are followed by small cherry-like fruit. Finally, as the autumn progresses, the normally green leaves take on rich buttery tones before they drop.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Prune in summer to reduce the risk of silver leaf and bacterial canker. Cut back any dead, diseased or branches which cross to healthy wood.