We bought a red birch (Betula pubescens f. rubra) from Billnas nursery and planted it, in memory of my father, in front of the sauna down by the lake. A lovely spot with a beautiful view and sheltered from the wind. A quiet family moment.
After a few years the tree will have white bark which contrasts beautifully against the dark red leaves,
While the tree establishes itself we have staked it and surrounded it with fencing to keep the deer (and any stray sheep) away.
The first red birch was found in Ostrabothnia in the 1970s and grown at the University of Oulu. It is a variety of downy birch (Betula pubescens).
This is not the same sub-species as Red Bark Birch or Chinese Red Birch (Betula albosinensis)
More info on Finnish Red Birch (punakoivu) from Suomalainen Taimi