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10/08/2014 at 17:14
Hello can I have recommends for a suitable tree, we have heavy clay soil, not the best drainage. Garden is medium size so nothing too large. I quite like silver birch but not sure if they are suitable. Don't really want a cherry as we have one already. I also want to but the tree as a bare root. Thanks.
10/08/2014 at 17:41
Hi greg, loads to choose from, what kind of thing do you like, evergreen, flowers, friut, nuts.
A couple of my favorites that arent fruit trees would be cornus kousa (not sue if this is classed as a large shrub, but it would look the part!).
Or a wedding cake tree

I dont think you can go wrong with an apple tree, but then i have a bit of a thing for fruit trees!
10/08/2014 at 18:07

Silver Birch grow very big and don't look good or respond well to pruning.  What about Rowan, comes in different berry colours now and is has quite airy foliage and looks good all year.  It will also feed the birds, copes well on clay and you can prune them without making it look a mess.

10/08/2014 at 18:08

...or a Crab Apple?

10/08/2014 at 18:21

Amelanchier lamarkii makes a nice smallish tree Greg, although it's classed as a shrub. Easy to keep to a suitable size for a smaller garden and has a light canopy so it doesn't create lots of dense shade. Lovely autumn colour.

The bare root season is almost here so you could take a look at some of the hedging/tree specialists online and you'll be able to order soon for autumn/winter delivery. 

10/08/2014 at 18:29

Just got me a small acre. 1.5mx1m 

Looking to get a jasmine soon.

 

10/08/2014 at 18:55
Ginko biloba looked nice on tv today but im not sure how big they get
10/08/2014 at 20:22
Thanks all, would be nice to have something with nice bark, hence silver birch. I may go with a crab apple in the end though.
10/08/2014 at 20:49
There are other versions of silver birch, i think they had them on crocus' website, very nice.
There is a crab apple by my house with deep purpley leaves and dark red fruit, im sorry but i dont know the variety, but it literally has people stopping to look at it
10/08/2014 at 20:49

3 small/medium trees, my favourites;-

Acer Griseum, paperbark maple, slow grower

Malus "Evereste" masses of white/pink blossom, good autumn colour and loads of crabs for the birds in winter

Prunus Serrula, great bark, often called the "Sheraton" tree as bark is smooth and shiny like antique furniture.

10/08/2014 at 20:56

https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=1857

Flowers, berries and autumn colour, absolute beauty in my book

10/08/2014 at 21:00

I would choose rowan or sorbus too and think they are good in clay too 

10/08/2014 at 21:14

If you like silver birch try to get a multi-stemmed one. A cheap way of achieving this is to take 3 whips and plant them as a bunch, with the whips splayed out , of course.

This will be a stunner and try to use it on its own. Don't crowd it out, as you will lose the effect.

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