(Common Birch, European White Birch, Silver Birch, Trost's Dwarf European White Birch)
'Trost's Dwarf' is small in stature, featuring beautiful white, exfoliating bark and deeply-cut, thread-like leaves like other European white birches. Small greenish catkins appear in the spring and are quite eye-catching. A handsome small tree for use near water features, in the border, or in a container, 'Trost's Dwarf' unfortunately has a high suceptability to birch borer attack. Reduce the threat of attack by providing ample moisture and not planting it in hot, dry microclimates in the yard or...
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(European White Birch, White Edge Birch)
European white birch is a softly pyramidal tree when young, becoming more rounded at maturity with graceful arching branches. The cultivar 'White Edge' features beautiful white, exfoliating bark and creamy-margined, diamond-shaped,lacy leaves. Small greenish catkins appear in the spring and are quite eye-catching. The fall foliage is yellow.
European white birch is tolerant of both wet and dry soils in full sun. This handsome tree has been used extensively in the cool-climate park landscapes...
(Common Birch, European White Birch, Silver Birch, Young's Weeping Birch)
Young's weeping birch's branches are slender and very pendulous without a leading stem. This is a medium-sized tree at maturity. Bark is brown on immature branches becoming white with black fissures as the tree grows. Pendulous flowers, called catkins, are notable in the spring on naked branches. Fall color is not dependable.
Young's weeping birch is beautiful as a specimen in a lawn or at the edge of woodlands, especially in front of dark evergreens. It's also beautiful along streams and ponds...
(Asian White Birch)
Manchurian white birch is a medium-sized, conical, deciduous tree native to northeast Asia. In addition to its creamy-white bark, which provides year-round display, it features pale green leaves from late spring through summer, golden fall color, and tan catkins in early spring. Several cultivars of Manchurian birch are available. All favor full sun or light shade and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil. It works well as a specimen plant or in small groupings. It is resistant to the birch...
James H. Schutte
This rugged, cold hardy, short-lived birch from northeastern North America is useful for naturalistic plantings in its native region. Typically multi-trunked, it has gray-white, flaky bark peppered with black markings. The twiggy branches are purplish-brown. The narrowly triangular, bright green leaves are often marred by leaf miners. The foliage turns yellow in fall. Caterpillar-like, yellow-green flower catkins appear in fall, persist through winter, and lengthen in spring, providing ornament during...
James H. Schutte
(Gray Birch, Whitespire Senior Grey Birch)
This rugged, cold-hardy selection of gray birch is a lovely upstanding tree for home landscaping in cold climates. Its parent hails from the northeastern U.S. into Nova Scotia, inhabiting large tracts of forest, but preferring swamps, bogs, streams banks and other wetlands. A clone of the first tree with resistance to the bronze birch borer, 'Whitespire Senior' is therefore the best choice where this pest is a problem. Any selection of gray birch lacking the title "Senior" is not guaranteed to be...
(Gray Birch, Whitespire Gray Birch)
After thirty years of trials, 'Whitespire' has proven to be quite resistant to the bronze birch borer that plagues its parent species, the grey birch. The parent hails from New England into Nova Scotia, inhabiting large tracts of forest, but also growing in association with swamps, bogs, streams and other wetlands. The upright trunk of ‘Whitespire’ is typically single, with horizontal branches and beautiful whitish bark streaked with gray markings, an eye-catching sight in winter when the tree is...
Himalayan birch is a pyramidal, deciduous tree native from the Himalayas into southern China. A variable plant in height, habit, and bark color, it is best known for its variable white-barked selections, which provide year-round interest with their attractive, chalk-white bark. Throughout summer it has crisp, dark green leaves that turn yellow in fall. Himalayan birch prefers full sun or light shade and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil. In the landscape, it is best enjoyed as a specimen tree....
James H. Schutte
(Whitebarked Himalayan Birch)
White-barked Himalayan birch is a pyramidal, deciduous tree native from the Himalayas into southern China. Best known for its striking chalk-white bark, which provides year-round interest, it also features dark green leaves which turn yellow in fall. Several cultivars are available to include 'Grayswood Ghost', which has superior clean white bark and yellow fall color. Himalayan birch prefers full sun or light shade and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil. It works well as a specimen plant or in...
(Beggarticks, Pirate's Treasure Bidens)
Almost every child, puppy and kitten has carried and dispersed the seeds of Bidens. Variously known as beggarsticks, sticktights, Spanish needles and bur marigolds, these annoying seeds are the product of sweet, daisy-like flowers.
This cultivar, ‘Pirate’s Treasure,' is a spreading, tender, short-lived perennial with lax ferny leaves and semi-double (extra petals) daisy-like yellow flowers atop upright stems. It flowers constantly from midsummer to fall. Deadheading encourages more bloom...