Betula utilis var. jacquemontii ‘Silver Shadow’

Plant of the month: January

This beautiful birch tree is grown for its peeling white bark which is shown in all its glory over the winter months; its leaves turn a buttery yellow before they fall. People have been known to jet wash the stems to remove the dirt and grime accumulated over the year and accentuate the colour of the bark but we leave ours to peel naturally.

This tree will grow in most soils, producing a broadly conical tree with large drooping dark green leaves, to a height of 8metres in 20 years. You can see this tree and other white stemmed birches on the Azalea Bank.