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Betula alb Hergest
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Betula albosinensis 'Hergest'


Parentage: Possibly Betula albosinensis x Betula ermanii

Description: Betula albosinensis 'Hergest' is a rare and beautiful selection that produces matt green, sharply toothed leaves on warty and downy shoots. The light copper-brown shiny bark has white lenticels on the branches shading to pinkish-white at the base.

History: A spontaneous seedling from Hergest Croft Gardens, Kington in Herefordshire. Received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Betula Growing Tips: They will succeed on most soils with certain species happy even in wet sites. Although tolerant of chalk soils they will not reach a maximum size in these conditions. Best planted in a full sun position.

Height and Spread (after 10 years) : 6m x 4m

General attributes

Text Green Foliage
Text Pendulous

Ornamental attributes

Medium tree size after 10 years Medium tree size after 10 years
Fast growth rate Fast growth rate
Attractive bark Attractive bark
Prefers acid soil Prefers acid soil
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Drought tolerant Drought tolerant
Wet tolerant Wet tolerant
Don't prune Don't prune