Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

Himalayan white birch

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Outstanding Qualities

The Himalayan white birch has some of the whitest bark of any birch. Young trees have rich brown bark that will quickly change to a gleaming snow white as the tree matures. It is fast growing and has a noticeably better trunk color than the once popular European birch. It looks great singly or grouped for the effect of multiple trunks.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: columnar tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 75 ft. 0 in. (22.86 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 50 ft. 0 in. (15.24 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Seasonal Interest: year-round attractive bark

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’, Rhododendron ‘Herbert’, Ribes sanguineum ‘King Edward VII’, Corylopsis pauciflora, Hamamelis mollis, Heptacodium miconioides

Great Color Contrasts: bronzes, purple, burgundy

Great Color Partners: cream, white

Culture Notes
This birch grows best in full sun to light shade and can adapt to a wide variety of soils, from well-drained to wet locations. It will also tolerate sandy sites or clay soils. Once established it is drought tolerant. Lower branches can be removed when they are small to show off the beautiful trunk, but in general it requires little more than the removal of dead, broken or poorly formed limbs. Provide plenty of space to fully enjoy the beautiful trunk and the graceful and delicate branching.