Himalayan Birch Betula utilis (Betulaceae) HEIGHT to 20m<br />
An elegant tree, rather rounded in specimens found growing in the open. BARK Extremely colourful, gleaming white in var. jacquemontii but pink, red or golden in other forms. The bark is marked with horizontal lenticels and it peels off horizontally into rolls. BRANCHES Mainly upright rather than spreading, with twigs that are hairy when young. LEAVES Oval, with a pointed tip and toothed margins; dark green with 7-14 pairs of veins depending on the variety. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Catkins, long, pendulous and yellow in the case of males. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION A native of the Himalayas. Planted here as an ornamental tree, grown mainly for its stunning bark, which is particularly striking and evident on a sunny winter’s day.
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Himalayan Birch Betula utilis (Betulaceae) HEIGHT to 20m
An elegant tree, rather rounded in specimens found growing in the open. BARK Extremely colourful, gleaming white in var. jacquemontii but pink, red or golden in other forms. The bark is marked with horizontal lenticels and it peels off horizontally into rolls. BRANCHES Mainly upright rather than spreading, with twigs that are hairy when young. LEAVES Oval, with a pointed tip and toothed margins; dark green with 7-14 pairs of veins depending on the variety. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS Catkins, long, pendulous and yellow in the case of males. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION A native of the Himalayas. Planted here as an ornamental tree, grown mainly for its stunning bark, which is particularly striking and evident on a sunny winter’s day.

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