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Snow Queen

Betula utilis

Snow Queen is the most popular of the Himalayan birches, with their distinctive bright white bark. The main stem of Snow Queen turns pure white even from a young age.

The leaves provide dappled shade in the summer, and turn yellow in the autumn.

The tree grows with a pleasing upright form.

Snow Queen birch trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £32.95
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £58.00
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
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  • 3Multi-stem pot-grown tree £68.00
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
    (Multi-stem)
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Next deliveries

You can pre-order now for delivery from late September 2021 for pot grown trees (or early December for bare-root). You do not need to pay at this stage - just add items to the basket and checkout as usual.


How to grow

When planting multi-stem birch trees it is a good idea to support the young stems with a cane.

We sometimes have Snow Queen available in a multi-stemmed form. These have three stems growing from the base, rather than the more usual single stem, and are useful for creating windbreaks and screening. These are true multi-stem trees - they are cut back to ground-level and then grown on for an extra year.

If you purchase a bare-root Snow Queen (not a container-grown one) you can also encourage it to become multi-stemmed by topping it at around 40cm - 50cm from the ground - this will encourage the tree to send out new shoots from near the bottom of the stem.  In the second year after doing this select 3-5 of the strongest shoots to grow on, and remove the rest.

Snow Queen characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive barkAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading / Vase
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sunSome shade
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Site conditionsOccasional floodingOccasional drought
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnYellow
  • BarkWhite
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

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. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Betula Uti Snow Queen Multistem birch tree