Multi-stem trees (two or more stems growing from one root) were heavily featured in the show gardens at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show (check out “The Meta Garden”, “Morris & Co.” and “Alder Hey Urban Foraging Station” to name but a few). Here’s why….
Multi-stems are perfect for those of us who don’t want to wait. For the same girth as a single stem tree, a multi-stem provides instant architectural structure and shade by having a broader foliage canopy. Essentially, more bang for your buck!
The specimen therefore has a greater presence and makes an excellent garden feature.
Here are some multi-stems we recommend:
- Betula (Birch)
- Heptacodium miconioides (Seven son flower tree)
- Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’
- Crataegus (Hawthorn)
Uplighting, or even string lights, will enhance your show stopping multi-stem.