With deciduous leaves colouring and dormancy on its way, now is the time to consider tree planting. Take due account of the weather. Depending on the size of your garden choose a tree that will not dominate and overpower the gardenscape. Pictured is Betula ermanii, a deciduous Birch from Japan. Here it has made good growth and the trunk, after ten years of growth, has characteristic peeling, flaking white bark. So, a choice, fruit or forest. Many of the edible Pear cultivars also provide good yellow colour in autumn. With the added benefit of a crop of fruit. Fruit can be grafted onto a well formed rootstock of suitable vigour to suit your garden or allotment plot.