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BETULA pendula 'Trost's Dwarf'

Image of Betula pendula 'Trost's Dwarf'

Family

Betulaceae

Botanical Name

BETULA pendula 'Trost's Dwarf'

Plant Common Name

Common Birch, European White Birch, Silver Birch, Trost's Dwarf European White Birch

General Description

'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 in hot summer climates.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Northern Europe, Russia/Siberia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Green

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    White, Brown

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No