2. Himalayan Birch
Betula utilis var. Jacquemontii. Due to their bark looking good all year, Birches are splendidly ornamental. They have catkins in the spring which the birds love and have wonderful autumn leaves. The Himalayan Birch is a medium-sized tree with chalk-white papery bark that peels in bands to reveal a new skin in warm shades of cream or pink buff, distinctively marked with horizontal dashes.
The leaves are dark green, with paler undersides that cause the tree to shimmer when stirred by a breeze. Buttery yellow in the autumn, some leaves turn toffee-coloured as they fall. Catkins abound in the spring. Plant singly as a focal point or, in groups of three. On frosty winter days the white bark and architectural shape, creates a dramatic skeletal silhouette.