Betula albosinensis 'Red Panda'
Description: Betula albosinensis 'Red Panda' is a superb strong growing, upright form of birch. Coppery-pink early peeling bark exposes grey and purple shades underneath. The oval, tapering dark green leaves turn into an attractive buttery yellow during the autumn followed by hanging, yellowish-brown catkins in the spring as the new leaves open.
History: Grown at Wakehurst from seed collected from Steven Sponberg in Huberi in 1980.
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