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Betula ermanii ‘Grayswood Hill’

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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One of the loveliest of all birch trees, Betula ermanii 'Grayswood Hill' has fantastic peeling, creamy-white bark and chestnut coloured, elongated lenticels . The small heart-shaped leaves are pale green and turn exciting shades of butter yellow in autumn before falling.

Betula ermanii 'Grayswood Hill' is a rare tree with some of the best peeling winter bark around once established.

Supplied Size: Bare root plants (field grown, 80 - 100 cm tall)

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Betula ermanii ‘Grayswood Hill’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Betula ermanii ‘Grayswood Hill’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Betula ermanii ‘Grayswood Hill’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Plant Size
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80cm × 10cm

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
Soil: Any fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy.
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Betula ermanii 'Grayswood Hill' grows to be a medium sized, slender, branching and often multi-stemmed tree.
Height: up to 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 10 m (32 ft)

Notes: Please bear in mind that the bark of Betula ermanii 'Grayswood Hill' can take up to four or five years to colour up fully at the base of the tree and therefore this is a better choice of tree for patient gardeners.

Plant Finder: about Betula ermanii ‘Grayswood Hill’

Common names

Ermans birch


Betula ermanii ‘Grayswood Hill’ (Ermans birch). One of the finest birch from N.E Asia and Japan, first cultivated in the 1880s.

it is an elegant and vigorous medium to large tree with green, often heart-shaped and clearly veined leaves. These appear early in spring, together with yellow-brown male catkins, and turn shades of yellow in autumn. The trunk and branches can seem almost luminescent in winter light.

An outstanding garden tree with peeling, creamy-white bark that has distinctive pinky horizontal lenticels.

It grows well on most soils and will keep a conical shape if the leader is retained.


You will need to grow in a moderately fertile moist well-drained soil with full light or a little shade.

Interest and use


Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Betula ermanii ‘Grayswood Hill’ | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -35°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Sandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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