Betula albosinensis Fascination

Fascination birch bark
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Bark: Brown - light

The main feature of 'Fascination' is the striking copper-orange bark, which peels to reveal white-pink layers underneath.

'Fascination' also has perhaps the longest catkins of any birch tree.

'Fascination' is usually now considered to belong to the species Betula albosinensis, the Chinese Red Birch - and its coppery peeling bark is certainly similar to others of that species. However when it was discovered in the 1970s in a batch of trees at a Dutch nursery it was originally placed in the Himalayan birches (Betula utilis).

Fascination trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
2-year Fascination tree - in a 12L pot
4m-7m tall after 10 years
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What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Betula alba Fascination birch tree

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

How to grow

'Fascination' is a vigorous birch, likely to reach 5m - 6m after 10 years.

Fascination characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive tree / plant Attractive bark Winter colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Vigorous
  • Site conditions: Occasional flooding Occasional drought
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Useful for: Specimen planting
  • Pruning: Do not prune
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Country of origin: Netherlands
  • Flowering month: February
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Bark: Brown - light
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