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Himalayan Birch

Betula Jaquemontii

 

Himalayan Birch trunk with peeling barkThis wide-ranging species is extremely variable, especially in bark colour, but all forms are particularly valuable as single specimens with winter interests and autumn colour, or in small clumps. They are also some the very best of trees for the edge of glades.

The forms are not early distinguishable but the most commonly grown, which belong to the variety Betula Jaquemontii, have a strikingly white smooth bark and good leaves marked by 10-12 pairs of impressed parallel veins.

The Himalayan Birch has strong, steeply rising branches and firm shiny leaves.

In autumn the leaves turn pale then bright yellow. In early spring it produces yellow brown male catkins 5 inches long. It can grow to a height 50-60 feet and a width 30 feet.

Himalayan Birch

 

 

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