Betula utilis ‘Snow Queen’ Birch

Description: Betula utilis 'Snow Queen', also known as 'Doreenbos' is an exceptional tree, one of the most popular varieties! The showy white, exfoliating bark develops it's colour within three years; revealing the orange underlayering exposed. This upright form is ideal for planting as a specimen, multi-stemmed or in clumps for any sized garden. The ovate, mid-green foliage is complemented by yellowish-brown catkins in the spring. Strong, attractive yellowish-golden tints in the autumn.

History: Named for noted Dutch dendrologist Albert Doorenbos who selected this seedling around 1933. 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

Attributes

  • Deciduous
  • M Size: Medium
  • Tree shape: Standard
  • Leaf colour: Yellow / Green
  • Drought tolerant
  • Attractive bark
  • Wet tolerant
  • Prefers acid soil
  • Award-winning
  • Autumn colour
  • Open space planting
  • Do not prune

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