Coloured tree bark in winter
– may be seen at Wakehurst Place in West Sussex and Hadlow College in Kent. The different birch (Betula) and gum trees (Eucalpytus) look stunning as a backdrop for other plants, particularly the dogwoods (Cornus). The ornamental cherry (Prunus serrula) has magnificent shiny crimson-brown bark that looks stunning when the sun catches it and also gives a wonderful spring display of white flowers. Most of the trees shown are suitable for a large garden so they can be grown as individual specimens.
Whereas the birches and ornamental cherry are deciduous, the Eucalyptus tree is evergreen. Not only do you get some fascinating barks that peel each year (once mature) to reveal creamy pink patches against the grey-brown bark but also numerous forms of glaucous foliage in different shapes and sizes, often used by Florists. When the leaves are picked and rubbed together they are very aromatic.