Betula utilis var. jacquemontii ‘Silver Shadow’

Plant of the month: January

This beautiful birch tree is grown for its peeling white bark, shown in all its glory over the winter months.  Its leaves turn a buttery yellow before they fall also creating interest.  To accentuate the colour of the bark, people have been known to jet wash the stems to remove the dirt and grime accumulated over the year, we leave ours to peel naturally.  This tree will grow in most soils to produce a broadly conical tree with large drooping dark green leaves, to a height of 8metres in 20 years.  See this tree and other white stemmed birches on the Azalea Bank.