Beautiful Barks – Trees with Ornamental Bark

Updated for the Autumn / Winter 2015 & 2016 Season

As the leaves fall, the bark is revealed and here, in our humble opinion, are some of the most beautiful trees with ornamental bark.

The Silver Birch – in this case, Betula Utilis Pendula or weeping Silver Birch tree – has a lovely white bark, pictured here in all its glory, beautifully offset by the deep blue backdrop of a sunny autumn day. This weeping Silver Birch tree is a slow growing and relatively small tree so it’s ideal for introducing a dramatic touch to the smaller garden.

 Trees with ornamental bark - weeping Silver Birch (Betula Utilis Pendu)
Trees with ornamental bark – weeping Silver Birch (Betula Utilis Pendula)


A larger tree than Betula Utilis Pendula is Betula Jacquemontii (the Himalayan Birch or White Stem Birch); again with a striking white trunk that looks attractive all year round. Our Betula Jacquemontii is also available as single stem trees.

 Trees with ornamental bark - Betula Jacquemontii (Himalayan Birch or White Stem Birch)
Trees with ornamental bark – Betula Jacquemontii (Himalayan Birch or White Stem Birch)


Prunus Kiku Shidare Zakura
is a small weeping cherry tree with a refreshingly attractive creamy coloured bark. This tree is the perfect addition to any Japanese themed garden.

 Trees with ornamental bark - Prunus Kiku Shidare Zakura (weeping cherry tree)
Trees with ornamental bark – Prunus Kiku Shidare Zakura (weeping cherry tree)


Acer Griseum
(or Paper Bark Maple) has an eye-catching copper coloured bark with reddish overtones that theatrically peels like paper parchment.

 Trees with ornamental bark - Acer Griseum (Paper Bark Maple)
Trees with ornamental bark – Acer Griseum (Paper Bark Maple)

 

Not deciduous, but when talking about Beautiful Barks we simply have to mention the Cork Oak (or Quercus Suber) – definitely a tree with Ornamental Bark. It’s corky, crackly, thick & gnarly, bursting with character & distinction.

 Trees with ornamental bark - Cork Oak (Quercus Suber)
Trees with ornamental bark – Cork Oak (Quercus Suber)