|Betula utilis jacquemontii
As well as having several of the common European Betula pendula in the garden, we also have a Betula utilis jaquemontii and a Betula utilis Snow Queen. The advantage of these newer varieties is that they are faster growing and their bark turns a more silvery white at a much earlier age then the older common European versions. Others have a brown bark which only turns silver at 10 years plus. At our age we need instantaneous bark colour!!