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Silver Shadow

'Silver Shadow' is perhaps the best-known representative of the species Betula utilis jacquemontii, the Himalayan birch, and one of the loveliest of birch trees.

Betula utilis jacquemontii

Silver Shadow birch trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £49.95
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)

How to grow

'Silver Shadow' does best in full sun in soils which are slightly acidic.

History

'Silver Shadow' is one of the earliest commercial varieties of the Himalayan birch sub-species Betula utilis jacquemontii. The original tree came from a collection in Edinburgh and was propagated by the Hillier Nursery of Hampshire. Another variety of this species that was also named at Hillier Nursery, Jermyns, is very similar.

Silver Shadow characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive tree / plantAttractive barkAttractive foliageWinter colour
    • Growth habit:Upright-spreading
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flowering month:February
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sun
    • Pruning:Do not prune
    • Growth rate:Average
    • Site conditions:Occasional floodingOccasional drought
  • Identification

    • Bark:White
    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous

Similar varieties

  • Betula utilis jacquemontii
    Jermyns
    Jermyns is a variety of the Himalayan birch, notable for its bright white bark and large catkins.

What will it look like?

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.

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