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Betula utilis (Himalayan Birch)

Type Tree, Deciduous
Form Compact Rounded Tree, Architectural Form
Size Medium Sized Tree (3 to 8m height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Betula utilis - Cultivation Notes

Birch will grow on a variety of soils from dry sandy soils to heavy clays. Birch is especially tolerant of free draining sandy soils, and is fully hardy - flourishing in all conditions. Birch will not tolerate is heavy shade being a woodland edge tree.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Betula utilis:

  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations

Weaknesses of Betula utilis

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Betula utilis:

  • Added winter interest from attractive bark or stems
  • Ideal for naturalistic woodland planting

View all the plants listed in Genus Betula

View other types of trees with medium green foliage

Common Missspellings: Betulla, Betylias, Betulia, Bettulia, Betyoula

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