Betula utilis var. jacquemontii ‘Silver Shadow’

Himalayan birch

  • Botanical name: Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Silver Shadow'
  • Common name: Himalayan birch
  • Family: Betulaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
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Himalayan birch, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, is a popular and extremely ornamental silver birch. Native to the Himalayas, 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.


Betula utilis var. jacquemontii ‘Silver Shadow’ is one of the most reliable Himalayan birches, which bears exceptionally bright white bark. Like all birches – including our native silver birch Betula pendulaBetula utilis var. jacquemontii ‘Silver Shadow’ 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.

How to grow Betula 'Silver Shadow'

  • Plant size

    18m height

    10m spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Betula 'Silver Shadow' and wildlife

Betula 'Silver Shadow' is known for attracting bees and birds. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers and provides shelter and habitat.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Betula 'Silver Shadow' poisonous?

Betula 'Silver Shadow' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People