Betula utilis 'Dark-Ness'
Description: Betula utilis 'Dark-Ness' is an attractive, medium sized birch which produces dark shiny bark with conspicuous white lenticels. A good, upright growth habit. A suitable variety for beginners. The dark green foliage appears in the spring, turning to a buttery yellow in the autumn.
History: Collected from the Kingdon of Bhutan in 1984 and orignally planted at Ness Gardens, Wirral. Appears to be closely related to the Chinese Red Birch (Betula albo-sinensis).
Betula Growing Tips: They will succeed on most soils with certain species happy even in wet sites. Although tolerant of chalk soils they will not reach a maximum size in these conditions. Best planted in a full sun position.
Height and Spread (after 10 years) : 6m x 4m