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Himalayan birch, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, is a popular and extremely ornamental silver birch. Native to the Himalayas, it is 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.
Like all birches, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 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 to show off its incredible white bark.
Plant type: Deciduous tree
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Moist, Sandy
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant: September to November
I have this tree in my garden and it is beautiful as the evening sun catches the bark. This year though, caterpillars are munching their way through the leaves at a rate of knots. What could they be and how do I deter them?
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