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Purple Rain® European White Birch

Betula pendula 'Monle'

New foliage has lustrous, vivid purple coloring that is retained through the season. At maturity, lovely contrast occurs between purple foliage and white bark. Deciduous.
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Full sun

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical PronunciationBET-ew-luh PEN-dew-luh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 35 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeProduces small catkins in spring.
Design IdeasThis tree makes a striking lawn specimen. It can be planted with green-foliaged plants for good contrast, but be sure not to hide its beautiful white trunk.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorPurple
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitConical
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise, Specimen, Very Wet Areas, Windbreak, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Dramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Tolerates Poor Soils, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsChokeberry (Aronia); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Sweet Flag (Acorus); Sweetspire (Itea); Elderberry (Sambucus); Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra)

Thrives in deep, loamy, moist but well-drained soil amended with sand or gravel. Water deeply, regularly in first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established tolerates periodic dry spells but prefers rich, fertile, evenly moist soils. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-7

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