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Other common names
black birch 'Cully'
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
Betulaceae / Betulaceae
'Cully' a vigorous deciduous tree with creamy-brown, peeling bark and shiny dark green leaves turning yellow in autumn
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Higher than 12 metres
Will grow in a wide range of situations
Propagate by softwood cuttings or grafting
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance
Architectural Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning group 1
Sawflies, aphids and leaf- mining sawflies may be a problem
A rust and a leaf spot may be a problem
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