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Whitebark Himalayan Birch

Betula utilis 'var. jacquemontii'

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Whitebark Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis 'var. jacquemontii') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Whitebark Himalayan Birch

Whitebark Himalayan Birch

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Whitebark Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis 'var. jacquemontii') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Whitebark Himalayan Birch bark

Whitebark Himalayan Birch bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  White Bark Birch

Description:

A rare and ornamental birch tree with smooth, unbelievably white bark, a shapely habit of growth and good fall color; susceptible to insect attacks, somewhat particular about growing conditions; a spectacular accent tree for the right locations

Ornamental Features

Whitebark Himalayan Birch has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth white bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Whitebark Himalayan Birch is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a shapely oval form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Whitebark Himalayan Birch is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Whitebark Himalayan Birch will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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