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Snow Queen

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.

Betula utilis

Snow Queen birch trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £18.95
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
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  • 22-year pot-grown tree £49.95
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
  • 3Multi-stem pot-grown tree £54.95
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
    (Multi-stem)
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Next deliveries

Deliveries from week commencing 6th April (where items shown in stock).


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. (They are true multi-stem trees, not 3 separate trees planted in the same container).

If you purchase a bare-root Snow Queen 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
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Leaf colour - autumnYellow
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • SunlightPrefers full sunSome shade
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Site conditionsOccasional floodingOccasional drought
  • 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