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Betula utilis Snowqueen

Himalayan birch

Very attractive white bark

A beautiful tree with a stunning white stem. The glossy green leaves provide a light dappled shade in the summer and in autumn turn a warm golden yellow before falling. It produces yellow-brown male catkins in spring. 

Where?

Ideal for large gardens or woodlands and will grow in full sun or partial shade. 

How?

It can be grown in most soils but will do best in soil that is fertile, moist, and well-drained.

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 700 cm - 1000 cm
Plant width 200 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 400 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Check store availability

12 litre pot £44.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From February to September