Betula albosinensis China Ruby

  • China Ruby birch
  • China Ruby birch branches
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Bark: Striated - brown

As the name suggests, China Ruby is a form of the Chinese red birch. It features a papery peeling orange bark, revealing coppery-brown striated new bark underneath, which adds colour to the winter garden.

It also features very long catkins in early spring, and a light summer canopy of green leaves which casts dappled shade. The leaves turn yellow in the autumn.

The species Betula albosinensis (or Betula albo-sinensis) originates from China. Many examples were collected at the start of the 20th century, a period when China was the focus of many plant-collecting expeditions from the UK and USA.

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How to grow

China Ruby is slow-growing, and likely to reach about 5m after 10 years if grown in good conditions. It prefers slightly acidic soil, but will tolerate, chalk, clay, and damp conditions.

China Ruby characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive bark Winter colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Site conditions: Sheltered site Occasional flooding
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Useful for: Small spaces Specimen planting
  • Hardiness rating (RHS): H6 (to -20C)
  • Pruning: Do not prune
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: China
  • Flowering month: February
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Bark: Striated - brown
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