Betula utilis jacquemontii

13 Jan

Betula utilis jacquemontii (18/07/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Betula utilis jacquemontii (18/07/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Late Spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 18m

Eventual Spread: 10m

Hardiness: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Betulaceae

Betula utilis jacquemontii Winter (08/01/2011, London Bridge, London)

Betula utilis jacquemontii Winter (08/01/2011, London Bridge, London)

Betula utilis jacquemontii is a small deciduous tree with an open habit and white stem. Its leaves are pale green and turn yellow in autumn. The most striking characteristic of this tree is its bark, being white, much brighter than the native Betula pendula, almost pinkish with slightly browned lenticels running horizontally across the bark. The flowers are catkins, the seeds of which are dispersed by wind.

Betula utilis jacquemontii, commonly known as the Himalayan Birch, the White-Stemmed Birch and the White-Barked Birch, is native to the Himalayas. First described by Édouard Spach, a french botanist it was classified as Betula jacquemontii in 1841, but was later found to be a variety of Betula utilis.

Betula utilis jacquemontii Leaf (03/07/2015, Walworth, London)

Betula utilis jacquemontii Leaf (03/07/2015, Walworth, London)

The etymological root of the binomial name Betula is the old Latin name for the Birch tree. Utilis is believed to be derived from the many usefulness of its bark. Jacquemontii is an homage to the French naturalist Victor Jacquemont, who was among the first to explore for plants in Kashmir in the early 1830s.

The landscape architect may find Betula utilis jacquemontii useful as a small deciduous tree which provides dappled shade. It makes a striking impact when planted in tight groupings to form a grove of white stems.

Betula utilis jacquemontii stem (08/01/11, London)

Betula utilis jacquemontii stem (08/01/11, London)

The Royal Horticultural Society have given Betula utilis jacquemontii their prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Betula utilis jacquemontii prefers moist, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Betula utilis jacquemontii requires little to no maintenance. The lower branches may be pruned back to reveal the bark at eye level.

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One Response to “Betula utilis jacquemontii”

  1. mr chang .korea 31/03/2017 at 06:03 #

    i want import this tree seeds.

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