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.
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'Fascination' is a vigorous birch, likely to reach 5m - 6m after 10 years.
'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).
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
Approximate girth: 6/8cm.
Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.