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A favourite multi-purpose tree, this betula cultivar is a vigorous tree that is grown for its snowy white bark. It looks stunning all year round, but especially in autumn when its foliage turns yellow and on grey winter days when it really stands out in the bare garden. In early spring, the tree produces yellow-brown catkins. Avoid growing on poor chalky soil as this can make the leaves turn yellow and sickly. The variety is more variable than the cultivars, which have brighter white bark. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
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
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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