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Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree

Single Stem Himalayan Birch Trees
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Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorebos' has bright white bark and a slender form, making it a popular choice for gardens. With much brighter and whiter bark than the Silver Birch that is native to the UK, Himalayan Birch 'Doorenbos' has the added advantage of good white colour in a relatively young tree. The trunk and branches peel to reveal new, fresh white bark which gives special winter interest.

This white stemmed Himalayan Birch is an elegant tree with an open head, casting only a light dappled shade. Glossy, dark-green, oval foliage turns a cheery yellow in the autumn. In its single stem form, 'Doorenbos' will grow to 7 metres, with a spread of 3.5 metres in 20 years. We also offer a multi stem 'Doorenbos'.

A robust ornamental Birch tree, 'Doorenbos' will tolerate virtually all soil types and conditions. This medium sized tree is deservedly popular and makes a spectacular feature in any space.

AKA Himalayan Birch 'Doorenbos', Betula utilis 'Doorenbos', Betula 'Doorenbos'

Nigel's Nursery Notes: Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' and 'Snow Queen' are actually the same variety. 'Doorenbos' is the original Dutch name - named after Albert Doorenbos who spotted it in 1933.

  • Latin name: Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos'
  • Common name: Himalayan birch 'Doorenbos'
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 7 x 3.5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Bark: Peeling white bark
  • Foliage: Dark-green through spring and summer, yellow in autumn
  • Flowers: Catkins in spring
  • Soil: Prefers moist soil but tolerates practically any soil type

Planting Betula utilis Jacquemontii Doorenbos Trees

Our pot grown Doorenbos Birch 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. We recommend planting Doorenbos Birch trees with a stake and tie kit to ensure the roots are well anchored - instructions are in the planting guide.

Aftercare of Betula utilis Jacquemontii Doorenbos Trees

If you're planting in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Unlike other species, Birch trees would rather be in wet soil than dry. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, 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 on this Birch looking its best, you can wash it using a pressure washer (on a gentle setting), garden hose or slightly soapy water.

Pruning Betula utilis Jacquemontii Doorenbos Trees

Established Doorenbos Birch 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 Birch trees bleed heavily at other times of year, especially late winter.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

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

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

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. 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.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

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.

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

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' Tree Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 200-250cm Root type: 10L pot Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 200-250cm 10L pot £59.99 (ex VAT)
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Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree Form: Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 28L pot Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree Price £149.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 28L pot £149.99 (ex VAT)
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Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree Price £169.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot £169.99 (ex VAT)
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Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree Form: Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree Price £189.99 (ex VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot £189.99 (ex VAT)
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Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 45L pot Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree Price £239.99 (ex VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 45L pot £239.99 (ex VAT)
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Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 55L pot Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' Tree Price £259.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot £259.99 (ex VAT)
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