A guide to Himalayan Birch trees – Betula utlis Jacquemontii

The Himalayan Birch tree, Betula utilis Jacquemontii, is a stunning tall tree with a very distinct striking white bark.

The Himalayan Birch trees bark peels away with time revealing the next layer of white bark and lenticels. Dark green ovate leaves turn yellow in autumn and yellow-brown catkin’s in the spring time. Himalayan Birch is often used in architectural landscaping due to its more formal canopy.

Three birch trees planted in a garden
Betula utlis Jacquemontii trees (in leaf) planted as a trio.

The Himalayan Birch is a popular, medium-sized decorative tree with branches that produce a broad pyramidal shaped crown. A good feature tree, especially in winter gardens due to it’s a striking appearance. Suited for planting in groups or on its own. Betula utlis Jacquemontii is suited to most soil types, the Himalayan Birch is a hardy tree that will tolerate most conditions.

Three birch trees planted along a fenceline.
Betula utlis Jacquemontii trees planted as a trio along a fence line.

Himalayan Birch is often confused with Silver Birch, Betula pendula, which is a very popular tree with pendulous weeping branches, white bark which becomes marked with dark, rugged cracks at the base on older trees. Diamond- shaped, sharply toothed mid-green leaves, turning yellow in autumn, bears yellow male catkins in early spring.

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