Betula platyphylla japonica
Japanese White Birch
|Fast-growing Birch trees are attractive year-round. Their light green foliage turns yellow in fall. Losing their leaves for winter shows off their colorful, peeling bark, thin graceful branches, and hanging cone-like fruit. Young trees have dark-colored bark until their trunks reach 1 inch around. Plant against a darker background or green lawn to highlight pale trunks. Prone to aphids that drip a sticky substance called honeydew, so plant away from patios or car parks. Most thrive in moist sandy or rocky subsoils. Once established, tolerates some heat and dry spells. Prefers winter chill. Water deeply and often, around shallow roots. Prune in winter only after leaves have formed, to prevent sap bleeding. Transplant when dormant. Birch borers and leaf miners are major pests.
Similar to B. pendula, this fast-growing Asian species has white bark. Glossy leaves turn yellow in autumn. Resists bronze birch borers.
Attributes - Betula platyphylla japonica
Plant Type: Tree
Height: 40 ft. to 50 ft.
Width: 20 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Notes: Susceptible to Aphids.
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