Branches grow in layers, giving this medium sized, deciduous tree a tiered appearance when in leaf. The foliage is mid green with thick, creamy-white borders and turns yellow in autumn. Clusters of small cream/white flowers appear in summer, followed by attractive fruits which turn from green to pink then to deep purple/black.
What to use it for
How to look after it
Requires little or no care beyond the initial training (see below).
How to prune it
Train as a central leader standard tree, keeping the trunk clear for about a quarter or a third of the tree’s height. Once established keep pruning to a minimum, just removing dead, diseased, damaged or reverting growth. Any pruning should be carried out from autumn to early spring. It does not like to be hard pruned.
How to propagate it
Reversion can occasionally affect the variegated foliage.
If planted in an exposed site the wind can effectively ‘prune’ the windward side of the tree, reducing its growth and giving the plant a lopsided appearance. It is difficult to rectify this once the damage has been done.