Autumn foilage of The Chinese Red Birch
Autumn foilage of The Chinese Red Birch
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Betula albosinensis Fascination multi stem

Chinese Red Birch

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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’.

Betula albosinensis 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. I

t is a medium sized tree, becoming oval as it matures, has stiffly ascending branches and the one outside my kitchen window, now over 63cm 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 Betula utilis Fascination but we put it firmly classified in the albosinensis group.

Mature height: 7-12m

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Chinese Red Birch
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