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    Whitespire Birch

    Betula populifolia 'Whitespire'

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    Whitespire Birch (Betula populifolia 'Whitespire') at Hartman Companies

    Whitespire Birch in fall

    Whitespire Birch in fall

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Whitespire Birch (Betula populifolia 'Whitespire') at Hartman Companies

    Whitespire Birch bark

    Whitespire Birch bark

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  40 feet

    Spread:  30 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  4

    Other Names:  Betula platyphylla

    Description:

    A wonderful birch tree selection with snowy white bark and good fall color; higher resistance to the dreaded bronze birch borer than most other white-barked birches make this a preferred variety for home landscape use

    Ornamental Features

    Whitespire Birch has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth white bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

    Landscape Attributes

    Whitespire Birch is a deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

    This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Insects

    Whitespire Birch is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Accent
    • Shade

    Planting & Growing

    Whitespire Birch will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

    This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Characteristics
    Accent  Shade 
    Applications
    Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value 
    Ornamental Features
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