Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

west himalayan birch multi-stem

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5lt pot multistem £39.99
available to order from autumn
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Buy Betula utilis var. jacquemontii west himalayan birch multi-stem: Brilliantly creamy-white bark

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
  • 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. These are delivered as small plants, but 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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I am keeping fingers crossed that this will become establish


I purchased this early summer 2019, as yet have not noticed any significant growth but this is likely to be slow anyway. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the spring. Hopefully over the next few years I shall be able to enjoy this.




Young tree showing promise


Having seen the beautiful winter combination of this tree with Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' at Wisley in their winter garden I bought both (3 cornus and 2 betula) for a new garden bed I was creating. A year on all are looking healthy, although still quite small. Overall I am very pleased.

Kentish gardener

Canterbury Kent



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Having just purchased a multi stem betula from Crocus, it has arrived and I'm about to plant it. On my plant there is a single leader stem with three or four stems going off the leader. Should I plant the tree with all of the stems below the surface or should it be planted at the same depth as it is just now, in the pot? Strikes me that if the single leader is going to support all three or four main stems that it will be likely to break the leader eventually.


Hello Jeff, Ideally this should be planted at the same level as it currently is in the pot, however perhaps you could send us some pictures (along with this question) to and we can look into it for you. It may be that you could remove the central leader if it looks too dominant, but that will depend on how many stems you want.


Can I keep a West Himalayan multi-stemmed birch to a lower height c. 4 metres by pruning it? And is its root system very extensive? I have quite a small garden!


Hello there These are lovely trees supplied here as a small, young multi stem plant in a 12cm pot, but it will eventually grow large, and they are generally fast growing. I realise they are often planted in small gardens for their lovely stems but I wouldn't recommend it. It is better to choose a smaller tree that isn't so vigorous and with a smaller habit. I have attached a link below to trees for a small garden.

What variety of Betula is this? I was looking for a multistemmed Grayswood ghost.


Hello there This is the species not a named cultivar. We do sell Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Grayswood Ghost' but sorry only as a single stemmed tree.

I am looking for a betula jacquemontii or the like that will not grow too tall. One website states mature height as 3 metres- is this possible? Thank you


Hello there This tree can grow to 18m tall when fully mature in the right conditions, so this is not a small tree. I have attached a link below to trees that are are suitable for small gardens. Hope this helps

please can you recommend good companion plants for this birch.


Hello there I have attached a few links below. Hope this helps

Please can you tell me the names of the grasses that are in the picture thank you


Hello there These grasses are Stipa tenuissima. I have attached the link to these plants below. Hope this helps.

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


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

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!


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.


Does this size of plant have white bark, and if not how long would it take to develop?


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.

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?


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

Although they can grow to the same height, it practice it is unlikely because the root system is designed to be sufficient for one trunk, but in essence you will have 4 or 5 trunks. The roots could grow larger to accommodate this but I would not expect a multi stem to reach anything like the full height of a single stem.


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