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Whitebarked Himalayan Birch

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

Exhibits the brightest white bark of any birch for a truly distinctive and exciting show! An exceptional tree with a graceful, open-branched, pyramidal form, exquisite peeling bark, and terrific fall color. Toothy, tapered, dark green foliage transforms to a bright yellow in the fall. Showy catkins drape from the tree in spring. Deciduous.
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Keep soil moist to wet.


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Botanical PronunciationBET-ew-luh YOO-tih-liss zhahk-a-MONT-ee-eye
LoreThis 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 MaturityQuickly reaches 35 to 40 ft. tall, 18 to 20 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseWindbreak
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Benefits Birds
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsKeep soil moist to wet.
Companion PlantsBoxwood (Buxus); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Sweet Flag (Acorus); Grecian Pattern Plant (Acanthus mollis); Curly Sedge (Carex)

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

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