Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

west himalayan birch multi-stem

1.5lt pot multistem
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  • Position: full sun or lightly dappled shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Other features: smooth, bright white bark is very attractive in winter
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Sought after for their white bark, the colour of which develops fully when the tree is around 8 years old, and their dark green leaves that turn butter-yellow in autumn, this elegant tree will also produce yellowy brown catkins in spring. These trees have been cut back when young to create three separate stems. They are currently around 50-60cm tall and in time will grow to into a spectacular multi-stemmed tree that will create an elegant garden specimen.

  • Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting and stake well.

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  • Q:

    Is this tree suitable for planting in a round 270 litre pot (70cm diameter at the top) to go on a sunny but sheltered terrace? To what height would it grow in a container - or could it be pruned back to keep it a reasonable height? And what compost/soil/drainage do you suggest? Many thanks Catherine
    Asked on 8/19/2014 by Forester34 from Forest Hill, London

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    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello there
      Yes you could grow this tree in a large container such as you describe in a loam based compost such as John Innes no3, and being a multi-stemmed tree it can be pruned to restrict it's growth.
      This particular trees is supplied in a 1.5lt pot and will be approx 30cm tall when supplied, so I would start it off in a smaller pot and then repot it as it grows.
      Hope this helps

      Answered on 8/27/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
  • Q:

    Is this really a 1.5 litre potted tree or is that a mistake - should it be 15 litres? Please advise and confirm pot dimensions for hole preparation!
    Asked on 6/13/2014 by Pam from Surrey

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    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello,

      This is a young plant in a 1.5lt pot. I'mm afraid though that as the pot is measured in volume rather than diameter, it will vary, however preparing a planting hole around 30cm wide will be adequate.

      Answered on 6/19/2014 by helen from crocus
  • Q:

    Does this size of plant have white bark, and if not how long would it take to develop?
    Asked on 3/1/2014 by tom

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    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello there
      This Betula is approx 30cm tall in a 1.5lt pot. It won't have the white stems yet,- it can take about 7years before it has the white stems.

      Answered on 3/3/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
  • Q:

    Hello, I wondered if a multi-stem birch grows to the same eventual height as a standard, ie. will this birch, as a multi- stem, really grow to 18m in height?
    Asked on 1/7/2014 by Lucky from London

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    • Plant Doctor

      A:

      Hello there
      Yes it can still eventually reach approx 18m give the right conditions, but there are a lot of external factors that can affect it's ultimate height.
      Hope this helps

      Answered on 1/9/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
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