This wonderful introduction from China and Japan has been grown in the UK since the 1880s and won the Award of Merit in 1984.
One of the best specimens to look out for is at the Bath Botanic Garden.
Wonderfully architectural its striking form draws the eye through any garden.
A small to medium tree with a conical habit its common name relates to the layered effect of its branches.
Broad clusters of creamy flowers cover the branches in May.
Small black fruits develop in autumn as the foliage turns to a rich purple-red.
Excellent for parks and gardens it thrives on most soils.
Mature height: 3-7m
Mature spread: 4-8m