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Betula - Birches

Beloved for their wonderful ornamental bark, Betula (Birch) are deciduous trees or shrubs with an appealing range of bark colors: crisp white, pink, copper, near-red or glossy brown. Betula are very rewarding trees which are not only good-looking, but also provide interest year around. Admired for their graceful appearance, particularly in winter, they are also beautiful in the spring as their fresh leaves expand to create a lovely canopy and in the fall when their leaves take on golden shades. Extraordinarily hardy and easy to grow, in sun to light dappled shade, Betula offer a wide variety of styles and make fabulous specimen trees. Planted en masse, they are difficult to beat for drama.

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Betula 'Fascination' (Birch)

Award-winning Betula 'Fascination' is  a very rewarding birch, which is noted for its attractive gleaming orange copper bark which peels off to reveal another layer of pink and cream bark. As the tree matures, the bark quickly changes to bright white and contrasts nicely with the tree canopy.

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Betula 'White Satin' (Birch)

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.

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Betula albosinensis 'Red Panda' (Chinese Red Birch)

Award-winning Betula albosinensis 'Red Panda' features a most attractive coppery-pink bark with subtle shades of caramel and honey, and abundant white lenticels (bumpy lines).

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Betula albosinensis var. septentrionalis (Chinese Red Birch)

Betula albosinensis var. septentrionalis is an exquisite Chinese red birch with a most attractive peeling bark, a lovely mix of coppery-pink and cinnamon-brown with translucent golden edges. The effect is most spectacular when backlit by the setting sun.

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Betula ermanii 'Grayswood Hill' (Erman's Birch)

Award-winning Betula ermanii 'Grayswood Hill' is a particularly desirable birch with peeling, luminescent creamy-white bark tinted orange with pinkish lenticels (bumpy lines).

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Betula ermanii (Erman's Birch)

Betula ermanii is a graceful medium-sized birch with peeling creamy bark on the trunk, delicately touched with copper-pink tones, and papery brown bark on the branches.

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Betula nigra 'Heritage' (River Birch)

Betula nigra 'Heritage' is a beautiful river birch prized for its incredible peeling bark. Salmon-cream to brownish at first, it exfoliates to reveal a creamy-white inner bark that can almost rival with the European white birches.

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Betula nigra 'Little King' FOX VALLEY (River Birch)

Compact, Betula nigra 'Little King' or Fox Valley River Birch, is a particularly handsome river birch prized for its attractive peeling bark. Pale salmon and reddish-brown at first, it exfoliates to reveal lighter inner bark.

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Betula nigra (River Birch)

Betula nigra (River Birch) is a bushy deciduous tree prized for its incredible peeling bark. Salmon-pink, smooth and shiny at first, the bark flakes and curls in cinnamon-brown to blackish sheets.

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Betula papyrifera (Paper Birch)

Betula papyrifera, commonly called paper birch or canoe birch, is a robust, fast-growing landscaping tree with a most attractive gleaming white bark, which peels off in papery strips to reveal an orange-brown bark underneath.

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Betula pendula (Silver Birch)

Betula pendula, commonly called silver birch or European white birch, is a graceful medium-sized tree with slender pendulous branches and attractive bark. Golden brown on twigs and young branches, the bark matures to silvery white with black clefts.

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Betula platyphylla (Japanese White Birch)

Betula platyphylla, commonly called Japanese white birch, is a medium to large sized tree noted for its white bark, thin spreading branches and slightly pendant branchlets.

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Betula utilis (Himalayan Birch)

Betula utilis or albosinensis is an exquisite birch recognizable for its distinctive coppery to orange-red bark, which peels off in thin sheets to reveal a fresh cream-pink surface beneath.

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

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.

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Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Grayswood Ghost' (Himalayan Birch)

Award-winning Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Grayswood Ghost' features one of the whitest bark of all birches. Luminescent, its "ghostly white", smooth bark provides a very nice contrast with its dense summer canopy of large, very glossy, rich green leaves

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