Scientific Name: Betula utilis subsp. albosinensis
Common Name: Chinese red birch, Chinese paper birch
Family Name: Betulaceae
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Mature Size: 15 - 22m x 10 - 15m (height x width)
Habit: Arching, Spreading, Twiggy, Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Fall interest, Shade tree, Specimen plant, Spring interest, Summer interest, Winter interest
Exposure: Full sun, Filtered shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Soft flexible, Pinnate venation, Glabrous, Lustrous, Lanceolate, Double serrate
Flowers: Catkin (ament), Green-yellow, Apr-May
Fruit: Samara, Brown, Aug-Sep-Oct, (Persistent)
Key ID Features:
Bark papery, peeling, has beige horizontal lenticels, with tints of cream-tan-pink-red-silver; leaves alternate, most blades ovate, 5-12cm long x 2-6cm wide with 10-14 major veins that run parallel on each side of the midrib, margins double serrate (rarely slightly lobed), petiole 5-20mm long. Winter ID: buds dark red, narrowly conical, sharply pointed; immature catkins.