McBeath is an excellent example of the Himalayan birch (Betula utilis), featuring the prized bright white bark which is so characteristic of this species.
Yellow catkins appear at the same time as the new leaves in early spring. The leaves turn yellow in the autumn.
McBeath makes a good alternative to the popular Trinity College - it is not as well known, but it has an even more compact form and arguably a purer bark colour.
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McBeath is easy to grow, and being slower-growing than most of the Himalayan birches, is a good choice for smaller gardens. It will do best in a sunny position but is very cold hardy and tolerant of most soils.
This form of the Himalayan birch was grown from seed collected at an altitude of 3,000m (almost 10,000ft) in the region of Himachel Pradesh in India in the 1980s by Ron McBeath, who worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.