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Betula humilis

Birch

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Features

  • BloomsMarch
  • Growth HabitUpright weeping
  • Flower ColourYellow-green
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Betula humilis (Birch). This species is a dwarf semi-prostrate shrub. The leaves are narrow, rounded and toothed.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Tree

Interest and use

Specimen

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Sandy
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • 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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