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Betula utilis

Himalayan birch

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Colourful bark, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Betula utilis

Plant details

The Himalayan birch, Betula utilis, looks stunning all year round. 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, and it bears attractive, pendulous catkins in spring.

Like all birches, Betula utilis 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

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful bark, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1800cm

Spread: 1000cm

Flowering period: April to April

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