Whitebarked Himalayan Birch
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
|Botanical Pronunciation||BET-ew-luh YOO-tih-liss zhahk-a-MONT-ee-eye|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Quickly reaches 35 to 40 ft. tall, 18 to 20 ft. wide.|
|Design Ideas||Excellent 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.|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Specimen, Windbreak, Woodland Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Attractive Bark, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.|
|Key Feature||Attractive White Bark|
Thrives in deep, loamy, moist but well-drained soil amended with sand or gravel, but highly adaptable. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, maintain evenly moist soil. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4 - 7