One of the very best Himalayan white birches, this is delightful as a standalone tree and even more striking when planted in groups, especially against a dark background (house wall, dark green hedge, etc).
Having planted many Birch in our gardens over the years, we find that young plants establish best as the tree habit will generally mature to suit your garden position better.
These freshly pruned young trees are not for instant gratification, but establish well and after two to three years in the ground look fantastic, especially once the trunk starts to turn pure silver.
The lovely white barked birches of the Himalayas are found from Afghanistan, through Northern Pakistan, Kashmir, Nepal Bhutan and into Western China.
Plants may be grown with single trunks, or pruned hard as young plants to produce a multi stemmed effect. Alternatively three plants are sometimes planted in the same hole.
The specific name 'utilis' refers to the usefulness of this species, which in the wild is used as fuel and for the manufacture of everyday items, such as buttons.
On an expedition to the Eastern Himalayas in 2007 we noticed white Betula utilis stems just stuck into the side of tracks & roads being used as simple bollards to warn motorists of precipitous falls if they went off the road!
Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Any fertile soil.
Rate of Growth: Vigorous (moderate if grown as a multi-stemmed tree)
Habit: Betula utilis 'Doorenbos' grows to be a medium sized tree with a slender habit.
Height: 15 m (50 ft) / Smaller if grown as a multi-stemmed tree.
Spread: 10 m (32 ft)