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Betula albosinensis 'Red Panda'
  • RHS AGM

Chinese red birch 'Red Panda'

'Red Panda' is a conical, upright tree with peeling, coppery-pink bark and oval, tapering leaves 7cm long, turning yellow in autumn. Hanging, yellow-brown male catkins open with the leaves

Synonyms
Betula albosinensis 'Red Panda'
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Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
Wider than 8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Bronze Pink Yellow Brown Green
Summer Bronze Pink Green
Autumn Bronze Pink Yellow
Winter Bronze Pink
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Betulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Betula can be deciduous trees or shrubs, usually colouring well in autumn and often with striking white, pink, or peeling brown bark; separate male and female catkins open before or with the leaves in spring

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Will grow in wide range of situations

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Sawflies, aphids and leaf miners may be a problem

Diseases

Powdery mildews and rust diseases may be a problem

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