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Jacquemonti Birch, White-barked Himalayan Birch

Jacquemonti birch Leaf of Jacquemonti birch
Jacquemonti birch
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Bark of Jacquemonti birch
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Leaf of Jacquemonti birch
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Scientific Name: Betula jacquemontii
Other Common names: White-barked Himalayan Birch

Summary
Foliage: Dark green, leathery leaves, oval shape with golden yellow fall colour
Bark: White bark that peels 
Height: 25 to 60 feet
Spread: 15 feet
Shape: Upright, narrow oval and single-trunked with low branches
Growth Characteristics: Fast-growing

The Jacquemonti Birch has the whitest bark of all the birch varieties, starting even when the tree is very young. The striking white trunk makes a beautiful contrast against darker foliage. This Asian Birch is difficult to find in nurseries and is more common in the eastern United States. 

Plant Needs
Zone: 5a to 8a
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Moisture: Moist soil
Soil Type: Rich soil, tolerates slightly alkaline conditions

Care
Transplanting should be done in early spring. Fertilize once or twice per year with a specially formulated fertilizer for Birch trees. Water to keep the soil wet or moist a few inches below the surface. Do not prune during the growing season. Rather, wait until the end of the growing season in the fall. This is especially important because the bronze birch borer is active during the spring and open pruning wounds are inviting to them.

Problems
Opinions on susceptibility to bronze birch borer and leafminer vary.

Iron deficiency may occur, especially in alkaline soils. This is evident by yellowing of the leaves. This problem is refered to as Chlorosis and can be treated by introducing iron tablets into the soil.