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Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Brown and Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Yellow in Autumn

Fruit

Brown in Summer

Stem

White in

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Himalayan birch 'Doorenbos'

Family

Betulaceae


Betula can be deciduous trees or shrubs, usually colouring well in autumn and often with striking white, pink, or peeling brown bark; separate male and female catkins open before or with the leaves in spring

'Doorenbos' is a medium-sized deciduous tree with ascending branches forming an oval crown; bark clear white on trunk and branches. Leaves ovate, turning yellow in autumn. Male catkins to 15cm in length

Other common names

  • Himalayan birch 'Snow Queen'

Synonym(s)

  • Betula utilis 'Snow Queen'
  • Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Snow Queen'
  • Betula 'Snow Queen'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Will grow in wide range of situations

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Sawfly/sawflies, aphids and leaf miners may be a problem

Diseases

Mildew and a rust may be a problem