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Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' (Himalayan Birch)

Himalayan Birch 'Doorenbos', Himalayan birch 'Snow Queen', Betula utilis 'Snow Queen', Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Snow Queen', Betula 'Snow Queen'


Award-winning Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' features attractive, crisp white bark on trunk and branches, even on young specimens. Luminescent, the bark peels off to reveal pale orange hues before quickly turning bright white. It provides a very nice contrast with the summer canopy of ovate, glossy, dark green leaves. The foliage warms up to golden-yellow in fall before shedding for the winter. In spring, tiny yellowish-brown male flowers appear in conspicuous catkins, 6 in. long (15 cm). Vigorous and fast-growing, this medium-sized deciduous tree enjoys an oval crown with gracefully ascending branches. It can be grown as a single stemmed tree, but also makes a wonderful multi-stemmed specimen. Highly popular, this birch is much loved for its graceful appearance, particularly in winter.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its outstanding qualities
  • Grows up to 30-50 ft. tall (9-15 m) and 33 ft. wide (10 m).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in medium to wet, well-drained soils. Tolerates a wide range of soils.
  • Perfect as specimen plant or in borders, cottage gardens, city gardens and foundation plantings.
  • Low maintenance, this plant needs little pruning. If pruning is necessary, prune during the dormant season and avoid pruning in spring when the sap is running.
  • May be affected by sawflies, aphids, rust and leaf spot.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings or grafting

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 7
Heat Zones 5 – 7
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Betula - Birches
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 30' – 50' (9m – 15m)
Spread 30' – 33' (9m – 10m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 7
Heat Zones 5 – 7
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Betula - Birches
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 30' – 50' (9m – 15m)
Spread 30' – 33' (9m – 10m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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