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Fastigiata Joes®

Betula pendula

'Fastigiata Joes' is a striking columnar silver birch. The compact upright shape makes this an ideal tree for the smaller garden, whilst several planted along a driveway look quite striking.

The leaves are neat and small, and the branches twist attractively. In autumn the leaves turn yellow / orange.

The characteristic white bark colour develops after 3-5 years.

This variety grows very rapidly in the first couple of years, and it is usually necessary to cut the leader to fit the mail-order carton. A new leader will quickly grow back, and this also helps thicken the base of the stem.   We usually also have larger specimens which can be sent on a pallet if you need several of them - if so please get in touch, these are impressive trees.

Fastigiata Joes birch trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £75.00
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
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How to grow

'Fastigiata Joes' is cold-hardy and generally disease-free. It grows quickly to a mature height of around 4m-5m after about 5 years.

Like most birch species it is tolerant of clay and chalk, but prefers slightly acidic soils.

History

'Fastigiata Joes' was developed in Holland. It is a much improved form of Betula pendula 'Fastigiata' and won the 'Best in Category' award for Trees and Shrubs at the 2016 UK National Plant Show.

'Fastigiate' is a botanical term used to describe a tree where the branches are carried parallel to the main stem, giving a distinctive columnar appearance.

Fastigiata Joes characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive tree / plantAttractive barkAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitColumnar / Fastigiate
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Growth rateFast
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Gold
  • BarkWhite
  • Country of originNetherlands
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Autumn Spire
    Sorbus aucuparia
    Autumn Spire
    Autumn Spire (Flanrock) is a columnar rowan with yellow fruitlets and excellent autumn colour.