Betula ermanii at Waterloo Gardens

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Betula ermanii
late July 2015

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Betula ermanii
early November 2015

Betula ermanii 2

Betula ermanii
early January 2016

Grid reference ST 19889 77867
Common name Erman's birch
Common name Gold birch
Origin North east Asia
Deciduous Yes
Height 14M July 2015
Girth 104cm July 2015
Reference 243

This tree is on the central lawn, just off the western path.

Betula ermanii bark

Betula ermanii bark
July 2015

Betula ermanii leaf

Betula ermanii leaves
late July 2015

Betula ermanii catkin

Betula ermanii catkins
late July 2015

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Betula ermanii catkins
mid April 2016

General tree description

Betula ermanii is a medium-sized tree growing to around 22 metres, with a broadly conical crown that becomes rounded on mature trees. The trunk has creamy-white bark, sometimes pinkish, horizontally peeling, while on the branches the bark is brown or red-brown. The leaves are heart-shaped, coarsely toothed and bright green in summer, turning yellow in autumn. The flowers are male catkins that emerge alongside the leaves in spring.

This tree is not common in Britain and is described in the Tree Register Handbook (2011) as "occasional", meaning there are "individuals in many large gardens or towns but more generally absent".