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BETULA utilis var. jacquemontii

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James H. Schutte

Family

Betulaceae

Botanical Name

BETULA utilis var. jacquemontii

Plant Common Name

Whitebarked Himalayan Birch

General Description

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 small groupings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    40'-60' / 12.2m - 18.3m

  • Width

    25'-35' / 7.6m - 10.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    India, Nepal, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow

  • Bark Color

    White, Salmon, Dark Salmon, Copper, Bronze, Tan, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No