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Betula utilis var. jacquemontii ‘Silver Shadow’

Himalayan birch 'Silver Shadow'

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Features

  • BloomsMarch
  • Height12m
  • Spread8m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitUpright oval
  • Flower ColourYellow-green
  • Leaf ColourDark green, yellow
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii ‘Silver Shadow’ (Himalayan birch 'Silver Shadow'). 'Silver Shadow' is a medium-sized tree with a conical crown and clear white bark on mature growth. The leaves are dark green and drooping and turn yellow in autumn.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Origin

Himalayas

Interest and use

A lovely architectural tree.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Wet to moist

Cultivation

Gently scrub the algae and dirt off the bark every year to maintain the colour.

Propagation

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

Pests, diseases or disorders

A rust and a leaf spot may occur, as well as sawflies, aphids and leaf-mining sawflies.

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