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Betula 'White Satin' (Birch)

Birch 'White Satin', Birch 'Madison', Betula 'Madison', Betula utilis 'White Satin', Betula utilis 'Madison'


Gracefully elegant, Betula 'White Satin' or 'Madison' is a remarkable birch noted for its beautiful satin-white bark. Vigorous and fast growing, this medium-sized cultivar forms a dense, deciduous, multi-stemmed tree with a uniform upright pyramidal habit. The foliage of leathery, diamond-shaped, bright green leaves deepens to dark green as the season progresses, before turning golden-yellow in fall. Easy to grow, 'White Satin' enjoys a good resistance to birch borer.

  • Grows up to 35 ft. tall (10 m) and 20ft. wide (6 m).
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils. Consider using soaker hoses and bark mulches to keep the root zones cool and moist.
  • Perfect as specimen plant or in borders, cottage 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
  • Native to the Himalayas

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
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' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Spread 20' (6m)
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 Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
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' – 40' (9m – 12m)
Spread 20' (6m)
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 Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Wet Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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