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Tree comparisons



Birch
Silver Birch

Birch
Betula utilis jacquemontii

Hawthorn
Paul's Scarlet

Crab-apple trees
Laura

Birch
Snow Queen

The Common Silver Birch, native to Europe, popular for its peeling white bark and pendulous branches.The Himalayan White Birch, one of the most popular white birches with characteristic bright white bark.A popular small hawthorn with distinctive dark pink blossom with white centres.Malus Laura is a very upright dwarf crab-apple, with bronze leaves, crimson blossom and maroon fruitlets.An attractive tree, and one of the best forms of the Himalayan birch, with a bright white stem.
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Growing


Birch
Silver Birch
Birch
Betula utilis jacquemontii
Hawthorn
Paul's Scarlet
Crab-apple trees
Laura
Birch
Snow Queen
Attractive featuresAttractive bark
Autumn foliage colour
Attractive bark
Autumn foliage colour
Attractive flowers
Attractive fruit
Attractive bark
Autumn foliage colour
Height 10 years5m-8m / 16ft-25ft
5m-8m / 16ft-25ft
2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
Growth habitUpright-spreading
Upright-spreading
Upright-spreading
Columnar / Fastigiate
Upright-spreading
Growth rateFast
Fast
VigourAverage vigour
Vigorous
Natural dwarf
Average vigour
Site conditionsOccasional flooding
Occasional drought
Occasional flooding
Occasional drought
Coastal site
Occasional flooding
Occasional flooding
Occasional drought
SunlightPrefers full sun
Prefers full sun
Tolerates shade
Prefers full sun
Prefers full sun
Some shade
Useful forOpen spaces
Specimen planting
Open spaces
Street / amenity
Specimen planting
Blossom durationAverage (2-3 weeks)
Hardiness rating (RHS)H6 (to -20C)
H6 (to -20C)
PruningDo not prune
Do not prune
Light prune
Do not prune
Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
Disease resistanceAverage
Average
Gardening skillBeginner
Beginner
Beginner
Beginner
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Identification


Birch
Silver Birch
Birch
Betula utilis jacquemontii
Hawthorn
Paul's Scarlet
Crab-apple trees
Laura
Birch
Snow Queen
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United Kingdom
Flowering monthMay
May
Flower colourPink - dark
Crimson
Flower formDouble flower (25-50 petals)
Leaf colourGreen
Green
Green
Green
Green
Leaf colour - youngLight copper
Leaf colour - autumnYellow
Yellow
Green
Yellow
Fruit colourRed
Fruit sizeSmall
Annual cycleDeciduous
Deciduous
Deciduous
Deciduous
AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
RHS Award of Garden Merit
RHS Award of Garden Merit
BarkWhite
White
White
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Using


Birch
Silver Birch
Birch
Betula utilis jacquemontii
Hawthorn
Paul's Scarlet
Crab-apple trees
Laura
Birch
Snow Queen
WildlifeAttractive to birds
RHS perfect for pollinators
Food usesJam / Jelly
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