Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

3 lt pot (1-1.5m) £49.99
available to order from late summer
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Betula utilis var. jacquemontii west Himalayan birch: 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
  • Flowering period: March
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Attractive bright white bark, dark green leaves, which turn yellow in autumn, and yellowy brown catkins in spring. An elegant tree that is perfect for all gardens, large or small. It can be grown as a specimen in the lawn, in a group in a woodland or just planted as a feature in the garden border. These trees are sought after for their white bark, the colour of which develops fully when the tree is around 8 years old.

  • 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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Quality Young Trees - Just as Expected


I wanted to buy two Himalayan birch trees and having bought from Crocus immediately went on their web site. Fair price for young saplings, although not cheap. Delivered quickly in high quality packaging. Both saplings were healthy and as hoped for. Six months later and both saplings, whilst still getting properly established, are looking really healthy. Crocus remains my first choice for Internet purchase of specific plants that you can't find in the local nursery or garden centre.




Your patience will be rewarded.


We bought seven of these, um, *aproximatly ten years ago. All seven were healthy, all seven survived and now look stunning. Which is why we bought several more to create a similar effect in a different part of the garden. In another five years or so, they too will look absolutely beautiful. Currently, they are happily settling in, with every sign of health, and, though, from my kitchen window, their stakes are more visible than their stems, I am confident they will be shining like slim angels in a few years.

Mill Duck

Gloucestershire with mostly neutral soil


Nice clump of 3


Part of new garden design




Growing very well


Purchased to be planted as specimen tree. Growing well time will tell




good stuff


nice addition to a garden/ wood anywhere you like I'm a silver birch fan





4.8 5


How old are the trees in the 2lt pot? How many years before they are likely to have white bark? And if they're planted in threes for a multi-stem effect, is their growth likely to be restricted? And can they be pruned to keep them shorter?


Hello there These trees will be approx 2-3yr old trees and the colour develops fully when they are around 8 years old. They don't generally need much pruning but you you can prune to control their height.

Hi - would it be suitable to grow these in a large pot (if only for a few years)? If so, what sized pot would you recommend, and are there other key considerations I should bear in mind? Thanks.


Hello there Yes they can be grown in pots as long as the pots are large enough, and kept well watered and fed, but as you say eventually the trees will be better growing in the ground.the 3lt tree I would use a pot approx 40-50cm diameter and pot on as it grows. The 10lt tree needs to be in larger container, approx 60cm+ diameter in a John Innes no 3 compost. Hope this helps

I am looking for a tree to plant in a raised bed made from sleepers. I love the look of the silver birch but I am concerned this will eventually become far too big. Would I be able to plant it now and move it in a few years' time or should I go for a different variety? We have a modern garden and would like to find something with silver tones if possible.


Hello, You could plant it out now, but it will be a pretty big job to move it in a couple of years. A better option would be to plant something such as Pyrus salicifolia Pendula, which can be cut back if it gets too big.


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

Crocus Helpdesk

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.


How big is your West Himalayan Birch? Could you please tell me how big this tree is in a 10 litre pot?

Liz Stenson

The 'Betula utilis var. 'Jacquemontii' in a 10lt pot will be around 1.5 - 1.8m tall.


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