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Betula ermanii 'Blush'

A deciduous tree with a conical habit, with peeling, creamy pink bark on the trunk. Leaves are oval-shaped, toothed, and tapered at the tips, deep green turning yellow in autumn. Brown catkins open with the leaves in spring

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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
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Brown Green
Summer Green
Autumn Yellow
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or West–facing or South–facing

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

Thrives in moist but well drained soil, in full sun or light dappled shade. For more information, see tree cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer, or by grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Minimal pruning required, see pruning group 1

Pests

May be susceptible to birch borers, leaf-mining sawflies and aphids

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus, a tree rust and powdery mildews

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