This tree was found as a seedling selection of Betula pendula in Hulsel in the Netherlands in 2007 and named after the daughter of nurseryman John de Lepper the finder in 2014. Propagation is by cuttings and grafting.
Its tight narrow habit and white bark are much improved features of the normal Betula pendula ‘Fastigiata’.
Betula pendula Fastigiata Joes makes the ideal feature tree in the smallest of gardens and spaces.
A particularly neat pyramidal habit with attractive catkins developing an impressive white bark after 4-5 years makes this a superior fastigiate tree for gardens large and particularly small.
This Betula is narrower and less susceptible to leaf rust than B. pendula ‘Fastigiata’ and has good yellow autumn colour. A breakthrough in tree selection.
It is being launched at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 and entered into the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year competition.
- See more RHS Plant of the Year 2017 entries.