Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Silver Shadow'

Himalayan birch

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Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour, Colourful bark



Skill level


Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Silver Shadow'

Plant details

Himalayan birch, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, is a popular and extremely ornamental silver birch. Native to the Himalayas, it's medium-sized with an open habit and pyramidal shape. It bears almost shimmering white bark, which peels each year to reveal a fresh layer beneath. Its oval, dark green leaves turn gold in autumn before falling.

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Silver Shadow' is one of the most reliable Himalayan birches, which bears exceptionally bright white bark. Like all birches, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Silver Shadow' thrives in most situations, but for best results grow in moist but well-drained soil in sun to partial shade. It can be grown on its own as a focal point in the garden, or in groups.

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

Time to plant: September to November

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