Young Himalayan Birch Shrub | Betula utilis 'Doorenbos'

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Did you know that the bark of Betula utilis 'Doorenbos,' or Himalayan Birch, is the whitest among all birch species in later stages of its life?

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Total height

The Betula utilis 'Doorenbos', or Himalayan Birch, is a Dutch selection that can reach up to 15 meters in height.

 

Bark and Branches

It is the birch whose bark is the whitest of all birch species in later age. However, in younger years, the branches and trunk are brown.

 

Twigs

The twigs of the Betula utilis 'Doorenbos', also known as the Young Himalayan Birch, are generally thin, flexible, and have a striking chestnut brown to reddish-brown color. This shrub is known for its attractive bark and twigs, which form a decorative element, especially in winter when the leaves have fallen.

 

Leaf shape and color

The Betula utilis 'Doorenbos', or Young Himalayan Birch, has oval leaves. The edges of the leaves are often double serrated, meaning they have fine teeth along the edges. The leaves are green in color and sometimes have a slight hairiness on the underside.

 

Autumn coloration

The autumn coloration of the Betula utilis 'Doorenbos', or Young Himalayan Birch, is a beautiful sight in the autumn garden. The green leaves of the tree gradually change to shades of yellow, golden yellow, and orange before eventually turning brown and falling from the tree.

 

Flowering

The Himalayan Birch shrub blooms in April with catkins up to 12 cm long. The shrub produces hanging male and female catkins as inflorescences. The male catkins are elongated and hang in groups on the branches. They produce pollen that is dispersed by the wind to pollinate the female catkins.

 

Location

The shrub has a rather shallow root system and is therefore not suitable for planting in pavements. The Betula utilis 'Doorenbos', or Young Himalayan Birch, thrives best in a location with full sun to partial shade.

 

How to plant the tree?

  1. Determine the final location of the tree and ensure it is free from cables, debris, old plants, and other obstacles that may hinder the tree's growth.
  2. Dig a planting hole that is twice the width of the root ball. Loosen the soil at the bottom of the planting hole and mix the excavated soil with (organic) garden soil or planting substrate.
  3. Adjust the planting hole to the height where the root ball fits and firmly press the soil.
  4. Fill the planting hole with water and wait for it to settle. Check if the root ball is sufficiently moist.
  5. Place the tree or plant in the planting hole. It is extremely important that the tree is not planted too deep, as this can cause root rot.
  6. Insert a tree stake or bamboo stake firmly into the ground on the side of the tree where the most wind comes from.
  7. Now, place the watering ring or create a mound of soil around the tree so that water can seep into the ground.

 

Why Choose a Young Tree from Amitis

  • Easy to plant yourself due to the compact size and light weight
  • Conveniently delivered to your home in a sturdy packaging
  • Experience the growth and development of your own tree
  • Easy to maintain
  • Cultivate the size and growth form you are looking for
  • Attain mature size within a short time
  • Can be planted year-round as everything is delivered in pots
  • No root loss and better chances of establishment as everything is pot-grown
  • Cost-effective purchase
  • Fresh, healthy plants directly from the grower

 

Questions?

Want to know more about pruning? Read our page on tree maintenance! Feel free to contact us; we are happy to assist!

Specifications

  • Mature Height

    15-20 meters
  • Flower color

    Yellow-Green Kittens
  • Flowering months

    April
  • Location

    Sun semi-shade
  • Fruits

    Fruit-Kittens
  • Evergreen

    Not evergreen
  • Winter hardiness

    Winterhardy
  • Leaf color in summer

    Green
  • Leaf color in autumn

    Yellow

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