Himalayan Birch

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

Kashmir Birch, West Himalayan Birch

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This deciduous tree is one of the more striking species of birch. It has distinctive bright white bark, which may be tinged with pink or brown. Growing multiple specimens together produces a very uniform shape. Both male and female flowers are produced on the same tree, these are yellow-brown and arranged in catkins. Plants are unlikely to self-pollinate as the male and female flowers are separated in time, opening at different times of the year. Dark green, ovate foliage contrasts with the vivid white trunk beautifully in the summer months. Leaves display attractive colour, turning a golden brown in the autumn.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Softwood

Notes

This tree can also be grafted.

Special features

Winter colour
Attracts bees
Attracts useful insects

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

A low maintenance tree that is perfect for smaller gardens due to its light airy foliage that gives dappled shade without dominating a garden. It provides architectural interest as well as textural (peeling the bark is mildly addictive) and can be planted in informal cottage gardens or urban courtyards.

Personality

Family

Betulaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None
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