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Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Grayswood Ghost' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

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 Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Himalayan birch 'Grayswood Ghost'

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 Ghost' is a deciduous tree making an oval or conical crown, with striking white bark, glossy leaves and conspicuous catkins in early spring; some yellow autumn colour

Synonym(s)

  • Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Grayswood'

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, City/Courtyard Gardens 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