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Betula utilis 'Whiteness' Tree

Himalayan Birch Trees
  • £59.99 (ex VAT)
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The striking white bark of Betula utilis 'Whiteness' is a captivating feature year round, particularly in winter when the branches are bare. In spring, catkins are followed by mid-green leaves that create an airy canopy. The foliage turns golden yellow in autumn, providing additional interest.

A medium sized tree, Betula utilis 'Whiteness' has a pyramidal shape and will grow to approximately 8 metres in height and 4 metres in spread over 20 years. It will put up with most soil conditions in full sun to partial shade.

AKA Betula utilis 'White-ness', 'Betula Whiteness', Himalayan Birch Whiteness

  • Common name: Himalayan Birch 'Whiteness'
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 8 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Bark: Exfoliating bright white bark
  • Foliage: Green through spring-summer, turning yellow for autumn
  • Soil: Grows well in most soils

Planting Advice for Betula utilis 'Whiteness' Trees

Our pot grown 'Whiteness' Birch trees can be planted at any time of year. Prepare the ground by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your planting position. Dig the hole in a square shape, making it as deep as the root mass and approximately twice 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 'Whiteness' Birch trees with a stake and tie kit to anchor the roots. For our medium staking kits, insert the stake into the ground at an angle to avoid penetrating the rootmass.

Aftercare Advice for Betula utilis 'Whiteness' Trees

If you're planting in spring or summer, water well for the first few months and increase watering if there are 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 this 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 looking its best, you can wash it using water and a sponge.

Pruning Advice for Betula utilis 'Whiteness' Trees

Established 'Whiteness' Birch trees require minimal pruning and do not take well to hard pruning, as this increases light at the base of the tree, which in turn increases soil temperature and decreases moisture levels. Simply remove lateral shoots to maintain a clear trunk and prune any diseased or damaged branches. Pruning should be carried out in late summer to mid-winter. Birch trees bleed heavily at other times of the year, especially late winter.

Covid-19: We are still open! We are dealing with orders as quickly as we can and will be in touch about delivery if you already have an order with us.

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 'Whiteness' Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot Betula utilis 'Whiteness' Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 12L pot £59.99 (ex VAT)
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