A fantastic tree and one of our most popular Birch, Betula utilis 'Doorenbos' is a slender, fast growing birch with particularly fine peeling white bark, even on quite young specimens. It can be grown as a single stemmed tree, but also makes an excellent multi-stemmed specimen (as shown in the photos).
Growing it in a multi-stemmed fashion also reduces the vigour and end size, making it an ideal tree for smaller gardens.
One of the very best Himalayan white birches, this is delightful as a standalone tree and even more striking when planted in groups, especially against a dark background (house wall, dark green hedge, etc).
Having planted many Birch in our gardens over the years, we find that young plants establish best as the tree habit will generally mature to suit your garden position better.
Supplied Size (for growing as single stemmed trees): 3L containers (125 - 150 cm tall) - freshly potted for new season
Supplied Size (Betula pruned back hard to grow as a multi-stemmed tree): 3L containers (typically cut back hard to 60 - 80 cm tall to encourage branching low on the trunk and a vase-shaped habit once established) - please let us know in the 'special instructions' box on the order page if you would like them cut back to grow as a multi-stemmed tree.
1) An informal short video clip taken of a specimen Betula utilis 'Doorenbos' in our own gardens. This tree is around 15 years old and was pruned back hard when young to encourage the side branches to grow and make an attractive multi-stemmed, vase-like shape.
2) A second video of the same multi-stemmed tree in our gardens.
The lovely white barked birches of the Himalayas are found from Afghanistan, through Northern Pakistan, Kashmir, Nepal Bhutan and into Western China.
Plants may be grown with single trunks, or pruned hard as young plants to produce a multi stemmed effect. Alternatively three plants are sometimes planted in the same hole.
The specific name 'utilis' refers to the usefulness of this species, which in the wild is used as fuel and for the manufacture of everyday items, such as buttons.
On an expedition to the Eastern Himalayas in 2007 we noticed white Betula utilis stems just stuck into the side of tracks & roads being used as simple bollards to warn motorists of precipitous falls if they went off the road!
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