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Betula pubescens

Downy birch

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsMarch & March
  • Height10m to 20m
  • Spread5m to 11m
  • Growth HabitUpright conical
  • Flower ColourGreen brown
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Betula pubescens (Downy birch). This upright tree has brown-cream bark and will produce catkins.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Origin

Europe, N.Asia

Interest and use

Specimen, found in bog areas and woodland.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • 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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