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Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Multi Stem Tree

Multistem Himalayan Birch Trees
  • From £74.99 (ex 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.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges 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 / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

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

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has 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 can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo 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:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Multi Stem Tree Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 15L pot* Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Multi Stem Tree Price £74.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem 150-200cm 15L pot* £74.99 (ex VAT)
Ready by: 31st Aug 2022
Ready by: 31st Aug 2022
Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Multi Stem Tree Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: 200-250cm Root type: 45L pot* Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Multi Stem Tree Price £249.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem 200-250cm 45L pot* £249.99 (ex VAT)
Ready by: 31st Aug 2022
Ready by: 31st Aug 2022
Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Multi Stem Tree Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot* Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Multi Stem Tree Price £339.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot* £339.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)