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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.
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
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant: September to November
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