Betula utilis

Betula utilis

Himalayan birch

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Betula utilis
  • Common name: Himalayan birch
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 18m

Spread: 10m

Flower colour:
  • Yellow
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Autumn colour, Colourful bark

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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.

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

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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