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Betula albo-sinensis var. septentrionalis

Chinese paper birch

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Features

  • BloomsMarch
  • Height20m
  • Growth HabitUpright conical
  • Flower ColourYellow-green
  • Leaf ColourLight green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Betula albo-sinensis var. septentrionalis (Chinese paper birch). Bears oval to lance-shaped, pale green leaves with a creamy-brown or reddish-purple bark with a grey bloom.

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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