Betula utilis jacquemontii

Betula utilis jacquemontii
Betula utilis jacquemontii

Betula utilis jacquemontii

Habitat:

Plant in a location with fertile soil that is moist, but has good drainage.

Distribution:

Betula utilis is native to the Himalayas where it was discovered by Joseph Hooker in 1849. B. utilis var. jacquemontii is a variety from the western Himalayas (Kashmir to central Nepal) that is most noted for its exceptionally white bark. I

Cultivation:

The tree requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting and stake well. Not recommended in areas that have high humidity.

Description:

This is a medium sized tree that typically grows to 10-15 metres tall with an open pyramidal habit. Although bark color can be variable, many authorities consider the bark from this variety to be the whitest found on any birch. Ovate, double-serrate, yellow-green to green leaves turn golden in late autumnl.

Background:

Specific epithet from Latin means useful. Sometimes commonly called whitebarked Himalayan birch. It is named after French naturalist Victor Jacquemont. Jacquemont was born in Paris in 1801. As a young man he quickly became a bright star in the intellectual circles of Paris in the 1820s. His scientific, social, and political contacts from this period allowed him to travel to the United States and Haiti. In 1828 he travelled to India to collect plants and remained there until his death in 1832. He died of cholera.  Whilst he died a very young man his contribution to botany was well recognised and several plants are named for him, including  Acacia jacquemontii, Betula jacquemontii, Corylus jacquemontii, Prunus jacquemontii and  Arisaema jacquemontii.

Availability:

Generally available from garden centres serious about their plants

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January 23, 2018