Betula ermanii at Bute Park

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Betula ermanii
November 2015

Betula ermanii 1

Betula ermanii
early May 2016

Grid reference ST 17759 76709
Common name Erman's birch
Common name Gold birch
Origin North east Asia
Deciduous Yes
Status GB Champion 2023
Tag 2042
Height 21M January 2017 (revised)
Girth 272cm @ 1M November 2015
Girth 280cm @ 1M June 2023
Reference 338

This tree is north west of Blackfriars.

Betula ermanii bark

Betula ermanii bark
May 2016

Betula ermanii leaf

Betula ermanii leaves
late May 2016

General tree description

Betula ermanii is a medium-sized tree growing to around 22 metres, with a broadly conical crown that becomes rounded on mature trees. The trunk has creamy-white bark, sometimes pinkish, horizontally peeling, while on the branches the bark is brown or red-brown. The leaves are heart-shaped, coarsely toothed and bright green in summer, turning yellow in autumn. The flowers are male catkins that emerge alongside the leaves in spring.

This tree is not common in Britain and is described in the Tree Register Handbook (2011) as "occasional", meaning there are "individuals in many large gardens or towns but more generally absent".