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Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Snow Queen' Multi Stem Tree

Multistem Himalayan Birch Trees
  • From £69.99 (ex VAT)

This is a multi stem version of Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Snow Queen', with a wonderful form that displays the pure white, peeling bark to best effect all year round. Mustard tinted catkins hang from the branches in spring and silky green foliage turns creamy yellow in the autumn, completing the year round interest offered by 'Snow Queen'.

It is rightly our top selling multi stem Birch, favoured for the snow white bark developing earlier than other white stemmed Birches and the less vigourous nature making it suited to smaller gardens. Growing to 6 x 5 metres in 20 years, this robust multi stem Himalayan Birch will tolerate virtually all soils and conditions. We also offer a single stem 'Snow Queen'.

AKA Multistem Betula 'Snow Queen', Himalayan Birch 'Snow Queen' multi-stem

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

  • Common name: Multi Stem Himalayan Birch 'Snow Queen'
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 6 x 5 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Bark: Exfoliating bright white bark
  • Foliage: Green throughout spring-summer, turning yellow in autumn
  • Soil: Grows well in most soils

Planting Advice for Betula 'Snow Queen' Multi Stem Trees

Our pot grown multi stem Snow Queen 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. See our help section for further advice.

Aftercare Advice for Betula 'Snow Queen' Multi Stem 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. To keep the white bark on Snow Queen looking its best, you can wash it using a pressure washer (on a gentle setting), garden hose or slightly soapy water.

Pruning Advice for Betula 'Snow Queen' Multi Stem Trees

Established multi stem Snow Queen 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 Snow Queen Birch trees bleed heavily at other times of year, especially late winter.

Covid-19: We're pleased to announce that we are back up and running in line with government advice. As you can imagine we have a bit of a backlog of orders and are catching up as we write, so please expect a slightly longer lead time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Trees on pre-order are not ready to send out yet and an estimate of when they will be ready for despatch is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Delivery Costs

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

1 medium tree (most trees 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 (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

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

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland 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.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is 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 for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

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

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch 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. 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 'Snow Queen' Multi Stem Tree Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 15L pot Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Snow Queen' Multi Stem Tree Price £69.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem 150-200cm 15L pot £69.99 (ex VAT)
Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Snow Queen' Multi Stem Tree Form: Clump Supplied Size: 2.75-3.25m Root type: 45L pot Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Snow Queen' Multi Stem Tree Price £259.99 (ex VAT)
Clump 2.75-3.25m 45L pot £259.99 (ex VAT)
Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Snow Queen' Multi Stem Tree Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Snow Queen' 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)