Springhill during winter

Birch bark at Springhill during winter

The peeling bark and polished stems of many trees bring beauty to the garden at any time of the year, but are never more apparent than during the winter.

Brilliant birch bark

These beautiful elegant trees have bright green delicate leaves and drooping catkins in the spring. But it’s the winter when they really stand out. They have striking richly coloured trunks, which come in shades from snowy whites, silver, brown, gold and russet red.

There are a number of different species growing at Springhill planted together in a group to create an ornamental grove. These hardy deciduous trees create a lovely winter feature, each one with its own unique colour and texture of bark.

To make the best of the trunks they are washed with soapy water to remove any green glit, which allows their colours to catch the light  as the low winter sun shines through.