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Keyword:

BETULA UTILIS `DOORENBOS`

WEST HIMALAYAN BIRCH/KASHMIR BIRCH

Photo: Vea, Norway
Use/Puropose:
Avenue, Solitaire, Grouping plants  
Family Name:
Betulaceae (Birchfamily/brezovke)  
Plant group:
Deciduous  

Botanical characteristics

Native country:
Himalaya, India, Nepal  
Fruits:
Drooping cone, like fruits containing numerous small winged seeds.  
Leaves:
Oval leaves, shiny dark green in summer.  
Roots:
Shallow.  
Flowers:
Separated catkins on the same tree. Male brownish, female green.  
Habitat:
Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam. Sun or half shade. It can tolerate different types of soil and ground pH. But it is important that the soil is well drained.  
Reproduction:
Separate male and female catkins. Male catkins are 12cm long. They are open before spring or with the leaves in spring.  
Stem:
It changes all the layers every year, which gives the stem a white/ pinkish shining surface.  
Bloom period:
April, May  

Climate conditions

Ground-water:
Neutral  
Location:
Half Shade  
Ground-Ph:
Neutral  
Hardiness Zone:
H5   Zone Map

Specific features

It has a more static, formal, upright habit with a denser crown. It is ideal for the use as a specimen tree for a more formal garden. It needs consistently moist soil but still prefers it to be well drained. Mulching is preferable.

Decorative useful value

Striking white, pink, or peeling brown bark. The dark green leaves give a striking effect to the white stem in summertime. The yellow-brown male catkins, up to 12 cm long, open in early spring. You can get the tree as a standard or multi-stem plant.