Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Jermyns'

Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Jermyns'

Himalayan birch

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Jermyns'
  • Common name: Himalayan birch
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 18m

Spread: 10m

  • Features: Autumn colour, Colourful bark

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Himalayan birch, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Jermyns', is a popular and extremely ornamental silver birch. 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. Long, yellow-brown catkins appear in spring.

Like all birches, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Jermyns' 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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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