Birch and in particular Silver Birch are very useful urban trees. They offer decorative bark, Autumn colour, a variety of leaf shapes and colour, are both compact and easy to grow in most situations but best of all they look magnificent in a group or grove.
Our collection is very extensive and includes quite rare species such as B. albosinensis septentronalis and the dwarf swamp birch Betula pumila which is the only birch to turn red in autumn.
The collection features white trunk trees with purple leaves, very dissected green leaves, yellow or red new branches and naturally weeping trees. The Birch grove has now reached a degree of maturity which makes their white trunks a force in the Winter garden.
Our appreciation is extended to Highlands Garden Society who generously donated the funds to establish this collection.
When you wander through the birch grove you will come across the sculpture ‘Wings of Dreams’ by Tony Emmett, dedicated to Tony Davis and Maureen Purtell. Tony and Maureen, along with Tony and Ann Emmett, helped to inspire these Botanic Gardens. Growing under the birch grove you will find the ‘National Tony Davis Daffodil Collection’ with over 60 locally bred daffodils, many of which have won national awards.
|BOTANICAL NAME||COMMON NAME|
|Betula albosinensis var septentrionalis||Northern Chinese red birch|
|Betula costata||Korean birch|
|Betula 'Crimson Frost'||Purple leaf birch|
|Betula 'Crimson Parade'||Purple leaf birch|
|Betula lenta||Sweet birch|
|Betula maximowicziana||Monarch birch|
|Betula nigra||River birch|
|Betula papyrifera||Paper birch|
|Betula pendula||Silver birch|
|Betula pendula 'Darlecarlica'||Cutleaf birch|
|Betula pendula 'Fastigiata'||Upright birch|
|Betula pendula 'Moss White'||Moss White birch|
|Betula pendula 'Moss Purple'||Moss purple birch|
|Betula pendula 'Tristis'||Silver birch 'Tristis'|
|Betula pendula 'Wades Golden'||Golden silver birch|
|Betula platyphylla var. japonica||Japanese white birch|
|Betula platyphylla var. japonica 'Whitespire'||Whitespire birch|
|Betula pumila||American low birch|
|Betula utilis var. jacquemontii||West Himalayan birch|
|Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Jermyns'||Himalayan birch 'Jermyns'|
|Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Silver Shadow'||Himalayan birch 'Silver Shadow'|
|Betula utilis var. prattii||Himalayan birch|