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Betula albosinensis 'Septentrionalis'
Betula albosinensis 'Septentrionalis'
Betula albosinensis 'Septentrionalis'
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Information Only - A handsome species from Western China, Betula albosinensis 'Septentrionalis' has peeling bark which is mahogany-red, complimenting the creamy coloured trunk. The superb bark appears early on, even on quite young plants and gives fantastic winter interest. The leaves are pale green in spring / summer, before turning clear shades of golden-yellow in a good, crisp autumn.

This Betula is a little more vigorous than the others listed on our website and probably better suited to slightly larger gardens.

Looking for a birch with similar bark once established? Try Betula albosinensis 'Fascination'

This plant is currently listed on our website for Information Only - Sadly it is not currently available for sale, nor do we have young specimens growing on our nursery. We hope to have this plant for sale at some point in the future and at this time it will be re-enabled on our website.

  • Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
  • Soil: Any fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Hardy.
  • Rate of Growth: Vigorous.
  • Habit: Eventually a large, somewhat conical, branching tree.
    • Height: 25 m (82 ft)
    • Spread: 15 m (50 ft)

Plant Video

The Betula albosinensis 'Septentrionalis' in our woodland gardens (taken in late March 2011).

Further Information

Native to Szechuan in Western China, this is one of the most desirable medium sized trees in cultivation. There are various clones of Betula albosinensis, some with creamy white bark, some more silvery pink or even orange. They are known as Red Birches because the underside of the peeling bark is a lovely mahogany red colour.

The botanical name is particularly apt; albosinensis literally means 'white' ; septentrionalis is from septentriones, the Roman Latin for 'plough.' The last two stars of the plough constellation point at the pole star indicating north and this birch is the northernmost of the Himalayan and Chinese white or creamy barked birches!

Extract from an information poster in our arboretum

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