Birch, Chinese Red Birch

  • Betula albosinensis fascination as a multi stem at Barcham Trees

    Betula albosinensis fascination as a multi stem

  • Betula albosinensis Fascination in Autumn

    Betula albosinensis Fascination in Autumn

  • Betula albosinensis fascination howing off itsbark in the snow

    Betula albosinensis Fascinations bark is stunning in winter against the snow

  • A row of Betula albosinensis fascination on the nursery

    A row of Betula albosinensis fascination on the nursery

  • The golden yellow catkins of Betula albosinensis Fascination

    The golden yellow catkins of Betula albosinensis Fascination

Betula albosinensis Fascination

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A row of Betula albosinensis fascination on the nursery

A row of Betula albosinensis fascination on the nursery

Betula albosinensis Fascination

The species from which Fascination was developed was brought back from China in 1901 by Ernest Wilson. He was very taken with it, describing it as follows:

"The bark is singularly lovely being a rich orange-red or orange-brown and peels off in sheets each no thicker than fine tissue paper and each successive layer is clothed with a white glaucous bloom"

Further to this the catkins in the spring are amazing up to 10cm in length opening to a rich yellow-brown and so numerous my kids call it the ‘caterpillar tree’.

Fascination is a refined clone with dark green leaves which are large for a birch appearing in April along with the showy display of yellow catkins.

It has outstanding stem colour – orange peeling to pink and cream and then purest white once the tree gets beyond 30cm girth.

It is a medium sized tree becoming oval as it matures has stiffly ascending branches and the one outside my kitchen window now over 50cm girth is a constant joy and often commented on.

A great choice for parks and verges growing well on most soils.

It is listed by a few as B. utilis Fascination but we put it firmly classified in the albosinensis group.

We stock these as both single and multi-stemmed

Mature heights and crown spread can vary depending on environmental conditions

Mature height: 10-15m

Mature spread: 4-8m