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Betula jacquemontii

Whitebarked Himalayan Birch
  • Plant Type:
  • Tree
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Deciduous
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Medium
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 50-60' x 30'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Upright
  • Native To:
  • Asia
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Insignificant
  • Special Features:
  • Attractive Bark, Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Cold Hardy, Desert Conditions, Fall Color, Intermountain Conditions
  • Container Sizes:
  • #15, 24" Box, 36" Box
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 3-11, 14-17
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 5


Betula jacquemontii, also known as Himalayan Birch, has the most brilliant white bark of all the Birch trees.  Plant Betula away from patios or parking areas, as they often attract aphids that don’t really bother the tree, but drop sticky honeydew that can be unpleasant to deal with.  Roots also tend to be on the shallow side, so Himalayan birch is best planted away from high traffic areas.  Those things aside, Betula jacquemontii has some resistance to the birch borer beetle, and thrives in lower elevation soil that might be too wet for other species.  Whether the graceful pyramidal form is covered by the shimmering leaves of spring and summer, or the white lacey branch structure gets its chance to shine in autumn and winter, this tree is a visual treat.