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Betula uti Dark-Ness
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Betula utilis 'Dark-Ness'


Description: Betula utilis 'Dark-Ness' is an attractive, medium sized birch which produces dark shiny bark with conspicuous white lenticels. A good, upright growth habit. A suitable variety for beginners. The dark green foliage appears in the spring, turning to a buttery yellow in the autumn.

History: Collected from the Kingdom of Bhutan in 1984 and originally planted at Ness Gardens, Wirral. Appears to be closely related to the Chinese Red Birch (Betula albo-sinensis).

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 Traditional

Ornamental attributes

Medium tree size after 10 years Medium tree size after 10 years
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