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Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

Himalayan birch

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

Plant details

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.

Family: Betulaceae

Genus: Betula

Species: utilis

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1500cm

Spread: 1500cm

Time to plant: September to November

Reader reviews


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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