Posted: 29/11/2017 at 08:30
The roots are never strong enough for the top heavy branches.
So it needs to be staked for ever.
It can sucker as can be seen in pics.
The inside branches die and are a nightmare to prune out.
The leaves are not attractive and do not colour well in the autumn.
It should bear wooly fluffy catkins but doesn't perform well.
We had one near our back door in our old home
The only reason it was not removed is our bird feeder was next to it and the birds loved the protection it offered.
I would never plant another.
Obelixx has the right idea of pruning them at grass level.
Do not be tempted to get one.