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Facts on the Himalayan Birch Tree

Facts on the Himalayan Birch Tree

Facts on the Himalayan Birch Tree. The Himalayan birch is a white-barked birch that was valued in the urban landscape for its form and fast growth rate. It has fallen out of popularity due to its susceptibility to insect attack.

The Himalayan birch is a white-barked birch that was valued in the urban landscape for its form and fast growth rate. It has fallen out of popularity due to its susceptibility to insect attack.
Features
Himalayan birch trees have pure white bark that peels from the tree. In maturity the tree has a pyramidal form and an open branching structure. Leaves are dark green turning to bright yellow in the fall.
Growth Rate
Himalayan birch trees are considered to be fast growing and can average 18 inches of growth in one year when planted in well-drained soil and full sun. Himalayan birch trees adapt well to adverse planting conditions, but will grow at a slower rate. Trees can grow to be 40 feet tall and 20 feet wide.
Warning
Himalayan birch trees are highly susceptible to insect attack by the bronze birch borer. The insect borers into the tree causing damage that leads to the decline and death of the tree. Himalayan birch trees are not recommended for planting in areas where the bronze birch borer has been documented.

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