Betula utilis Snow Queen
- Best seller
- Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit: Upright-spreading
- Bark: White
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.
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).
Snow Queen trees for sale
1-year Snow Queen tree - bare root
2-year Snow Queen tree - in a 12L pot
Multi-stem (Multi-stem) Snow Queen tree - in a 12L pot
What will it look like?
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
(Approx. girth: 6/8).
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.
Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches.
The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).
How to grow
When planting multi-stem birch trees it is a good idea to support the young stems with a cane.
Snow Queen characteristics
- Attractive features:
Attractive bark Autumn foliage colour
- Height 10 years:
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Growth habit:
- Site conditions:
Occasional flooding Occasional drought
Prefers full sun Some shade
- Useful for:
Open spaces Street / amenity Specimen planting
- Hardiness rating (RHS):
H6 (to -20C)
Do not prune
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Leaf colour:
- Leaf colour - autumn:
- Annual cycle: