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Betula albosinensis ‘China Ruby’

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Features

  • BloomsMarch
  • Height1.2m
  • Spread1m
  • Speed of GrowthSlow
  • Growth HabitBranched oval
  • Flower ColourYellow-green
  • Leaf ColourDark green to golden yellow

Description

Betula albosinensis ‘China Ruby’. This slow-growing birch has multi-coloured peeling bark in shades of copper, pink and cream. The dark green leaves turn golden yellow in the autumn.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Origin

China

Interest and use

Winter interest and autumn foliage interest

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Moist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy. You will need to plant in a sunny position in any moist and well drained soil; some species will prefer acidic soil. The young trees should be transplanted in the autumn.

Propagation

Propagation is by grafting in late winter or by softwood cuttings in the early summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids, sawfly, honey fungus and mildew may cause problems.

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