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Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Silver Shadow'

Kashmir birch

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Feature

Autumn colour, Colourful bark

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

This variety is also known as the Kashmir birch, and is one of the loveliest with its intensely white bark. Some plants have cream or orange bark, which sheds itself in large sheets. To be sure of good colour, it is best to choose one of the selected forms such as 'Silver Shadow'. It is an exceptionally beautiful specimen tree, even more impressive when several are planted close together to make a small clump, and stands out against a foil of dark green woodland or evergreen hedging. In autumn the foliage is vivid yellow. It prefers a sunny or slightly dappled position, growing in fertile, well-drained soil.

Family: Betulaceae

Genus: Betula

Species: utilis

Cultivar: Silver Shadow

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful bark

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1800cm

Spread: 1000cm


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