Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
Himalayan white birch
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.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: bronzes, purple, burgundy
Great Color Partners: cream, white
Culture NotesThis 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.
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Plant Type: columnar tree
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light shade
Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established