Posted: 20/08/2016 at 19:38
Thank you very much for your replies everyone. Very grateful.
I need to clarify that the reason why I have chosen these two trees is for their uniqueness. I.e. shape of the leaves of the Ginkgo and the way they turn yellow in autumn before they fall. By the sounds of it the Ginkgo seems to be a slow grower and as such i believe i can keep it in check. I shall certainly follow the advice and get a male tree.
As far as the himalayan birch is concerned i have chosen it because I have always loved its beautiful white bark and i plan to plant it as a centre piece surrounded by ferns and hostas which i feel would look rather stunning. The plants I was looking at are sold here: http://www.paramountplants.co.uk/plant/BETULAJM/betula-jacquemontii-multi-stem.html
I think the £200 reflects not only the height of the plant but also its age. The reason why I am considering the birch's age is because the white bark develops after the plant is a few years old (apparently). Nevertheless I will shop around on the web to see if I can find a better price for one.
I dont mind growing the plant from coppicing or even buying a younger plant that would cost less. However I am not sure how long they would need to develop a nice bark colour or a trunk(s) that is at least 8cm in girth. Dont get me wrong, I am a very patient person and have grown many plants in my garden. However these two young trees (especially the birch) are intended to create that focal point and I would rather spend a bit more for a more developed tree than wait 5 years to get the desired effect.
I have a cherry tree in my garden which for the last five years I have prunned rather hard and every year it releases new shoots and so far all's been good. I have included a picture below of it now:
This is what i intend to do with the birch although not prune it as hard. Now if i increassed the intended max height of the tree to 4-5m would that be better?
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