Betula szechuanica at Cathays Cemetery

Betula szechuanica 0

Betula szechuanica
mid March 2021

Betula szechuanica 1

Betula szechuanica
early June 2021

Betula szechuanica 2

Betula szechuanica
late October 2021

Grid reference ST 18085 78441
Common name Sichuan birch
Common name Szechuan birch
Alternative name Betula pendula subsp. szechuanica
Alternative name Betula platyphylla var. szechuanica
Origin China
Deciduous Yes
Status Rare
Map section V
Planted by Malcolm Frazer c.1995
Height 11M March 2021
Girth 154cm March 2021
Reference 650

This tree is towards the south end, near the fairoak Road boundary, roughly level with the building "Library Court" and 50M away from it.

Betula szechuanica bark

Betula szechuanica bark
mid March 2021

Betula szechuanica catkin1

Betula szechuanica catkins
mid March 2021

Betula szechuanica catkin2

Betula szechuanica catins
mid March 2021

Betula szechuanica foliage1

Betula szechuanica new foliage
mid May 2021

Betula szechuanica leaf1

Betula szechuanica new leaf
mid May 2021

General tree description

Betula szechuanica is a medium sized tree up to 20 metres tall, with an untidy, sparse shape, chalky-white bark and big (up to 12 by 9cm), coarse, glossy, blue-green leaves. These are white-green and hairless beneath, round-toothed, triangular-ovate and long-pointed. They are golden-yellow in autumn. Separate yellow-green male catkins and green female catkins appear before or with the leaves in spring.