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Betula maximowicziana

Monarch Birch

Pronunciation
BET-u-la MAX-im-o-wix-ee-ana
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Family
Genus
Nativity

northern Japan

Growth Habit

Habit is roundish and of a mop-like nature

Hardiness
5
Culture

Moist, well drained soil

Landscape Use

B. maximowicziana has beautiful ornamental bark that's smooth white on young trees. It cracks into strips and peels and hangs onto the trunk in shaggy masses on mature specimens. Fall color is a bright yellow. This plant would work well as a specimen tree or in small groupings.

Foliage

Glossy dark green in fall:Yellow fall color

Bark

Spilt in long broad thin sheet, young branches are reddish brown, finally becoming gray or white.

Flower

Catkins, male 4 to 5 feet inches long.

Fruit

Catkins (fruiting 2 to 2.5 inches long by .33 inches wide, 2 to 4 together). Largest of all known hardy birches.

Propagation

Seed, cuttings.

Pests
Leaf miner and bronze birch border.

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