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Betula ermanii 'Grayswood Hill' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Brown in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Yellow in Autumn

Fruit

Dark Brown in Autumn

Stem

Cream and Pink in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Erman's birch 'Grayswood Hill'

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

'Grayswood Hill' is a medium-sized deciduous tree of open, slender habit, with peeling cream and pink bark on trunk, brown on branches. Leaves oval, glossy, yellow in autumn before falling. Catkins brown

Synonym(s)

  • Betula costata misapplied

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 a wide range of situations

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Sawflies, aphids and leaf- mining sawflies may be a problem

Diseases

A rust and a leaf spot may be a problem