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Betula utilis jacquemontii ‘Grayswood Ghost’

Silver Birch

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Features

  • BloomsMarch
  • Height15m
  • Spread8m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitTall branched oval
  • Flower ColourYellow-green
  • Leaf ColourMid green, pale yellow
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Betula utilis jacquemontii ‘Grayswood Ghost’ (Silver Birch). The bark of this birch is its main feature, being almost pure white in winter. The leaves turn a pale yellow in the autumn just before dropping.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Origin

Himalayas

Interest and use

Grown for winter interest, shade and for its graceful slender habit.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • 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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