Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Silver Shadow'
Himalayan birch 'Silver Shadow'
'Silver Shadow' is a medium-sized deciduous tree with a conical crown and clear white bark on trunk and branches. Leaves oval dark green and drooping, turning yellow in autumn. Male catkins conspicuous in early spring, to 15cm in length
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Ultimate heightHigher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height20–50 years
Ultimate spread4–8 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
West–facing or East–facing or South–facing or North–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Columnar upright
Betula can be deciduous trees or shrubs, usually colouring well in autumn and often with striking white, pink, or peeling brown bark; separate male and female catkins open before or with the leaves in spring
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How to grow
Will grow in a wide range of situations
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Sawflies, aphids and leaf- mining sawflies may be a problem
A rust and a leaf spot may be a problem
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