• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 35 to 40 ft. tall, 18 to 20 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Attractive White Bark
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BET-ew-la YOO-tih-liss zhahk-a-MONT-ee-ee
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 35 to 40 ft. tall, 18 to 20 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasExcellent tree for very large home sites, parks, and open spaces. A problem solver for low-lying sites too wet for many other species. An important component of the wetland wild garden and for re-vegetating disturbed sites along river banks that benefit from extensive root stabilization of eroding banks.
    Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Sweet Flag (Acorus); Grecian Pattern Plant (Acanthus mollis); Curly Sedge (Carex)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide deep, loamy, well-drained soil amended with sand or gravel; best with consistent moisture. Follow a regular schedule of deep waterings during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system; reduce watering frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This unique species is native to the Himalayan Mountains of Asia. It was discovered by Sir Joseph Hooker on his long journey to Tibet from 1848 to 1851. He named and introduced this species in 1849 under B. utilis, but French naturalist Victor Jacquermont's variation of this tree collected earlier in Kashmir led the continental name to be B. jacquemontonii. Today as with this example, both names have been combined to recognize both sources.
    Lore:
    This species is considered to bear the most beautiful white bark of all the birches. The flaky, peeling bark of B. utilis was at one time used as a writing medium.