Betula utilis subsp. jacquemontii 'Doorenbos'

himalayan birch ( syn. Snow Queen )

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Buy Betula utilis subsp. jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' himalayan birch ( syn. Snow Queen ): Good stem colour develops in just 3 years

This tree is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or lightly dappled shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: March
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Creating a wonderful specimen in the winter garden, the bare stems of this Himalayan birch will provide a striking wintery silhouette, which can be further enhanced by underplanting with snowdrops. Unlike many of the other birches, this one takes just 3 or 4 years to develop its snowy colour, so it makes a good choice if you are impatient to move things along. It will eventually grow into a big tree, but as the canopy remains light and airy, it rarely feels oppressive.

    All the Betulas we supply are single-stemmed, but they can be planted close together to create a multi-stemmed effect.

  • 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 hole and stake well.

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Nice tree


As this is plant there is not much to say. I planted it and it is growing!




Great tree


Great tree and very good quality. Thank you!





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How quickly will this tree grow - for example how tall will it be in 10 years, 20 years? I am thinking of planting it in a lawn in the medium-sized front garden of a cottage in the country. I am concerned it may be too large. many thanks.

dog lady

It is difficult to be specific about plant growth, as it is largely determined by the growing conditions, however these plants are quite fast growing, and they do get quite tall. Therefore, if you are concerned about their eventual height, then perhaps they are not the right plant for the spot you have in mind.


Would these be suitable in a coastal garden (Fife, Scotland) please?


Hello there Unfortunately this is not a tree that is recommended for coastal gardens by the RHS. I have attached a link below to trees that will tolerate these conditions.

Hi, do you sell trees which already have a height of 3m? Would a betula be suitable against a boundary fence or what else would you advise? thank you.


Hello, I'm afraid the trees we sell need to fit into a big box, so the largest we sell are around 1.8m tall. As for planting near a boundary fence, it is worth keeping in mind that these trees get pretty big, and have an eventual spread of around 10m, so they will encroach on your garden as well as your neighbours. This should not cause a problem however as long as both you and your neighbour are happy.


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 Kate


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 Doctor

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Are your Birches multi-stemmed? Could you tell me if your Birch trees are multi-stemmed or single-stemmed?


We only sell single-stemmed Betulas, but if you want a multi-stemmed effect, you can plant several of these young trees together.


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