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Betula albosinensis Fascination or the Chinese Red Birch Tree
The Betula albosinensis Fascination, commonly called the Chinese Red Birch, features the typical white peeling bark and black branches of other birch tree varieties. However, the Chinese Red Birch is unique compared to other Birch trees because when its white bark peels it reveals a deep red underside colouration that stands out in stark contrast to the snow white outer bark layer. The tree’s eye-catching cinnamon bark is especially beautiful during the autumn and winter months when the tree’s foliage has been shed.
During the early spring, Betula albosinensis Fascination is often one of the first trees in the landscape to start producing mint green foliage. As the tree’s leaves begin to take shape, the tree also starts to grow an abundance of dangling yellow catkins that are shed as spring fades and summer arrives. The tree’s leaves are large and triangular in shape and feature a serrated edge. During autumn, the leaves take on a brilliant yellow hue that most people find eye-catching.
The Chinese Red Birch grows well in full sunlight but will tolerate modest shade. It thrives in a wide array of soils and is not overly picky. It even tolerates coastal areas where other trees often fail to thrive. When first planted, the tree appreciates evenly moist soil. However, it does not tolerate overly waterlogged roots. The Chinese Red Birch produces moderate to slow growth. When fully grown, it will usually stand between 10 to 12 meters in height. Its canopy width averages 6 to 7 meters and provides ample shade cover for the garden.
Once established, the tree requires very little care to flourish. It does not need pruning, but if pruning is desired than the task should be completed during the dormant season and not in the spring when the tree’s sap is flowing in abundance.
There is very little doubt that the Chinese Red Birch will be an outstanding addition to any landscape. The tree has been awarded the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticulture Society.