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Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Multi Stem Tree

Multistem Himalayan Birch Trees
  • From £75 (inc VAT)

The peeling, crisp white bark of Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' almost glows on a cold winters day and is shown to full effect in this multi stem form. The white bark is the star of the show, but 'Doorenbos' also features catkins in spring and an open canopy of foliage that casts pleasant dappled shade and turns golden yellow in autumn.

Suited to most garden sizes, this multi-stemmed Himalayan Birch will reach 6 x 5 meters in 20 years. It benefits from the bark colour developing earlier than other Himalayan varieties and it is a tolerant tree that is happy in virtually all soil types and conditions. We also offer a single stem Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos'.

AKA multistem White barked Himalayan birch, multistem Himalayan birch Doorenbos, multistem Betula utilis var. jaquemontii 'Doorenbos'.

Nigel's Nursery Notes: Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' and 'Snow Queen' are actually the same variety. 'Doorenbos' is the original Dutch name.

  • Common name: Multistem Himalayan Birch 'Doorenbos'
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 6 x 5 meters
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Bark: Peeling bright white bark
  • Foliage: Dark-green through spring and summer, yellow in autumn
  • Soil: Prefers moist soil but tolerates practically any soil type inc chalk

Planting Advice for Betula utilis 'Doorenbos' Multi Stem Trees

Our pot grown multi stem Doorenbos trees can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. Finish by watering generously around the base. See our help section for further advice.

Aftercare Advice for Betula utilis 'Doorenbos' Multi Stem Trees

White Birch require a good watering regime for a couple of years to establish. Water well and regularly through spring and summer, increasing in hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Unlike many species, Birch prefer wet soil than dry. Irrigation kits make this easier.

Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard. To keep the white bark looking its best, you can wash it using water and a sponge.

Pruning Betula utilis 'Doorenbos' Multi Stem Trees

Established multi stem Doorenbos trees do not require pruning. In fact, they do not take well to hard pruning as this increases light penetration, which leads to increased soil temperature and decreased moisture levels. Instead, simply remove the lateral shoots to maintain a clear trunk if desired and prune any diseased or damaged branches. Do this in late summer to mid-winter, as Doorenbos trees bleed heavily at other times of year, especially late winter.

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Delivery Times

Next Day Despatch
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Standard Delivery
We have one of the widest range of trees in the UK, and for those plants which we cannot despatch next day we will normally despatch within 4 weeks. The despatch time for different products will be confirmed when products are added to your shopping basket

We will only want to deliver your orders when they are perfect for planting! Depending on the season and how well the plants are growing, we will give our best estimates of the despatch dates for pre-orders.  These dates may vary and by species and while we will always try to deliver within these timeframes if the expected despatch does change then we will notify you by email.

Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

If your trees are required by a specific date, please let us know as soon as possible; while we can’t offer any guarantees we will always do our best to accommodate you. You can leave instructions in the notes field on the Delivery Page of the Checkout or send us an email at [email protected].

Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

Collections are by appointment only at our West Yorkshire-based nursery. If you would like to place an order for collection, please get in touch before placing your order. You will not be charged a delivery cost for a collection and any delivery cost that has been applied will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.


Plant Specification Root type Supplied Size Form Price Quantity Qty
Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Root type: 15L pot* Supplied Size: 150-200cm Form: Multi-stem Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Price £75 (inc VAT)
15L pot* 150-200cm Multi-stem £75 (inc VAT)
Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: 200-250cm Root type: 45L pot* Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Price £265 (inc VAT)
Multi-stem 200-250cm 45L pot* £265 (inc VAT)
Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot* Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Price £325 (inc VAT)
Multi-stem approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot* £325 (inc VAT)
Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.0m Root type: 45L pot* Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Price £425.01 (inc VAT)
Multi-stem approx 3.5-4.0m 45L pot* £425.01 (inc VAT)
Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: approx 4.0-5.0m Root type: 45L pot* Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Price £450 (inc VAT)
Multi-stem approx 4.0-5.0m 45L pot* £450 (inc VAT)
Total: £0 (VAT Free)