Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

Himalayan birch

  • Botanical name: Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
  • 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 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 – including our native silver birch Betula pendulaBetula utilis var. jacquemontii thrives in most situations, but for best results grow this ornamental tree 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.

How to grow Betula utilis

  • Plant size

    15m height

    15m spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • 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 utilis and wildlife

Betula utilis 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 utilis poisonous?

Betula utilis 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