Betula utilis ssp. albo-sinensis brings charm and subtle colour to the birch collection.
Many of the birches have striking bark, including the familiar silver birch, Betula pendula whose peeling white bark becomes gnarled with age. This one originates in western China, hence the common name Chinese red birch. It has peeling pink-brown bark which sets it apart from many other species, making it an ideal winter specimen. The ovate foliage takes on hints of yellow in the autumn. It is one of approximately 60 species of trees and shrubs which grow in woodland, moor, heath and mountains throughout the norther hemisphere.