Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Grayswood Ghost'
- Position: full sun or lightly dappled shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: March
- Flower colour: yellowy-brown male catkins
- Other features: one of the best white bark birches
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A rare and attractive tree with very glossy green leaves that turn bright yellow in autumn. It is one of the best white-barked birches with glowing white, smooth bark and yellow catkins in spring. It is best grown as a specimen, in both a small or large garden, where the brilliant bark can been seen to its best effect. The white bark, develops fully when the tree is around 8 years old.
All the Betulas we supply are single-stemmed, but they can be planted close together to creat a multi-stemmed effect.
- Garden care: Birches dont need much pruning, but you may want to remove any diseased or crossing branches. It is essential that any pruning work is carried out between late summer to mid winter as the sap will 'bleed' heavily at other times. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting and stake well.
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Q:I want to plant a long, thin cluster of birches, inspired by the birches outside the Tate Modern. Can you suggest a suitable planting distance between them to get a similar effect? Many thanksAsked on 6/4/2013 by Elle from North London
I think that the birches at tate Modern are planted really close together - say 1m apart. In other areas, they are planted at 2m intervals, although these may have been thinned.Answered on 8/4/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:We would like to grow 4 Betula utilis var.jacquemontii 'Silver Shadow' in large containers in our south facing,courtyard garden. Would these trees cope well?Asked on 14/3/2013 by hornetlover from Greater London
Betulas do tend to get pretty big and will eventually outgrow a pot, but they should last for several years in really large pots, provided they are kept well fed and watered.Answered on 14/3/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Fast growing tree for screening
Hi Can you advise me please? I am looking for a tree to break-up the view of the rear of a neighbours' house. Eventual height would be around 15 - 18m. I'd prefer it to be taller rather than very wide spreading. I am thinking about one of your Silver Birch trees as we already have a lovely very large specimen in our garden. My only reservation is that we will need to plant it within a couple of metres of a garden wall and I don't want the roots to become a problem in the future. Not sure what kind of soil we have but we are a mile or so from the coast (Merseyside) so guess slightly sandy! The position is partial sun. Ideally I am looking for something that will have some impact quite quickly i.e. by next summer. Any suggestions? Am I on the right track with a Silver Birch? How much could I expect it to grow within a year? Also, when is the best time for planting? Thanks in advance KateAsked on 26/10/2009 by Kate
A:Hello Kate, Silver birches are lovely, but anything that grows to 15m tall, will produce a substantial root system that may cause damage to footings eventually. This however is usually much less of a problem in sandy soils as it is in heavy clays as the sand will give way to the roots. Most Betulas are fast growing, but how much they grow in a certain year will be determined by a number of factors including the available water, light and nutrients. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 26/10/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Are your Birches multi-stemmed?
Could you tell me if your Birch trees are multi-stemmed or single-stemmed?Asked on 11/8/2006 by Gavin
A:We only sell single-stemmed Betulas, but if you want a multi-stemmed effect, you can plant several of these young trees together.Answered on 14/8/2006 by Crocus
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