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Betula Genus

Birch

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterDry

Description

Betula genus (Birch). This genus consists of deciduous trees. They have sparkling white to pinkish brown trunks with vivid green spring foliage. The leaves are short, broad and serrated and mostly turn gold in the autumn before dropping.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Shrubs or Trees

Interest and use

Grown for the bark and autumn colour.

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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