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Betula alb Red Panda
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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

General attributes

Text Yellow Green Foliage
Text Pendulous

Ornamental attributes

Medium tree size after 10 years Medium tree size after 10 years
Attractive bark Attractive bark
Autumn colour Autumn colour
Prefers acid soil Prefers acid soil
Chalk tolerant Chalk tolerant
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Drought tolerant Drought tolerant
Wet tolerant Wet tolerant
Don't prune Don't prune