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Betula albo-sinensis

Chinese paper birch

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Features

  • BloomsMarch
  • Height20m to 30m
  • Spread7m to 11m
  • Growth HabitUpright conical
  • Flower ColourYellow-green
  • Leaf ColourGlossy red green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Betula albo-sinensis (Chinese paper birch). This is a rare birch tree which is grown mainly for its beautiful pinkish-brown to copper coloured bark. It will need ample water, and does not tolerate drought. The leaves are about 3ins long and will turn yellow in the autumn.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Chinese red birch, Birch

Origin

Western China

Interest and use

Specimen

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Sandy
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-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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