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A picture of a Himalayan Birch

Himalayan Birch

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

Also known as

West Himalayan Birch, Kashmir Birch

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii - VanDusen Botanical Garden - Vancouver, BC - DSC07348 by Daderot (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

H7-H1c

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

25m

Max

8m

15m

Min

4m

50 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Betula utilis var jacquemontii stem bark

Overview

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.

Common problems

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Cuttings

Softwood

Grafting

Special Features

Winter colour

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Uses

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.

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