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Betula utilis

Himalayan birch

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsMarch & March
  • Height12m to 20m
  • Spread5m to 10m
  • Growth HabitUpright weeping
  • Flower ColourYellow-green
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Betula utilis (Himalayan birch). This tree has smooth pale peeling bark. The leaves are dark green with a paler underside, and they are toothed and about 8cm long.

Characteristics

Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Birch

Origin

China, Himalayas

Interest and use

Banks, specimen

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Needs

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