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Tree comparisons



Whitebeam
Lutescens

Rowan
Joseph Rock

Hawthorn
Paul's Scarlet

Rowan
Olympic Flame

Birch
Snow Queen

An excellent large garden tree, very hardy, easy to grow, and tolerant of a wide range of soils and conditions. Grey-green leaves turn russet in autumn, with orange berries.A small rowan, with distinctive pale yellow fruitlets. Also one of the best for autumn colour.A popular small hawthorn with distinctive dark pink blossom with white centres.An attractive small rowan tree, its orange/red autumn leaf-colours are amongst the best.An attractive tree, and one of the best forms of the Himalayan birch, with a bright white stem.
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Growing


Whitebeam
Lutescens
Rowan
Joseph Rock
Hawthorn
Paul's Scarlet
Rowan
Olympic Flame
Birch
Snow Queen
Attractive featuresAttractive fruit
Attractive foliage
Attractive fruit
Autumn foliage colour
Attractive fruit
Autumn foliage colour
Attractive bark
Autumn foliage colour
Height 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
Growth habitUpright-spreading
Upright-spreading
Upright-spreading
Upright
Upright-spreading
Growth rateAverage
Average
VigourSlightly large
Slightly small
Slightly small
Average vigour
Site conditionsCoastal site
Occasional flooding
Coastal site
Occasional flooding
Coastal site
Occasional flooding
Occasional flooding
Occasional drought
SunlightTolerates shade
Prefers full sun
Prefers full sun
Some shade
Useful forOpen spaces
Street / amenity
Specimen planting
Open spaces
Small spaces
Street / amenity
Open spaces
Street / amenity
Open spaces
Street / amenity
Specimen planting
Hardiness rating (RHS)H6 (to -20C)
H6 (to -20C)
H6 (to -20C)
H6 (to -20C)
PruningLight prune
Light prune
Light prune
Light prune
Do not prune
Disease resistanceGood
Average
Good
Gardening skillSuitable for beginners
Suitable for beginners
Suitable for beginners
Suitable for beginners
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Identification


Whitebeam
Lutescens
Rowan
Joseph Rock
Hawthorn
Paul's Scarlet
Rowan
Olympic Flame
Birch
Snow Queen
Country of originUnited Kingdom
China
United Kingdom
South Korea
Flowering monthMay
May
June
May
May
Flower colourWhite
White
Pink - dark
White
Flower formDouble flower (25-50 petals)
Leaf colourGrey-green
Green
Green
Green
Green
Leaf colour - youngGrey-green
Green
Light copper
Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Gold
Orange / Red
Orange / Red
Yellow
Fruit colourOrange / Red
Yellow
Red
Orange / Red
Fruit sizeSmall
Annual cycleDeciduous
Deciduous
Deciduous
Deciduous
AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
RHS 1st class
RHS Award of Garden Merit
RHS Award of Garden Merit
BarkWhite
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Using


Whitebeam
Lutescens
Rowan
Joseph Rock
Hawthorn
Paul's Scarlet
Rowan
Olympic Flame
Birch
Snow Queen
Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
Persistent
Normal ripening
WildlifeAttractive to birds
Attractive to birds
Attractive to birds
Attractive to birds
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