- Botanical name: Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
- Common name: Himalayan birch
- Plant type: Tree
- Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
- Features: Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage
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.
- Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled 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 features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Provides shelter/habitat