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Betula lenta

Birch

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Features

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

Description

Betula lenta (Birch). This conical tree has dark red-brown to grey bark and scaly almost black when mature. Its aromatic shoots bear ovate, matt, yellow-green leaves which may turn to yellow in autumn.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Fragrant

Other common names

Cherry birch

Origin

Northeast USA and Canada

Interest and use

Grown for the bark and autumn colour.

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Needs

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

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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