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Betula albosinensis

White Chinese birch

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Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour, Colourful bark



Skill level


Betula albosinensis

Plant details

Betula albosinensis, or Chinese silver birch, is a medium-sized deciduous tree with an open crown, giving it a handsome appearance. However its most fetching feature is its bark, which shines with a burnished copper gleam in different shades of rose, pink and purple. The bark peels gracefully, offering a contrasting honey or reddish-maroon backing with a grey bloom. The leaves are oval to lance-shaped and pale green. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Like all birches, Betula albosinensis thrives in most situations, but for best results grow in moist but well-drained soil in sun to partial shade.

Family: Betulaceae

Genus: Betula

Species: albosinensis

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful bark

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 3000cm

Spread: 2250cm

Time to plant: September to November

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