Betula Populifolia Whitespire

Description

Betula populifolia ‘Whitespire’ is a cultivar of the Gray Birch tree. It is known for its slender, upright growth habit, reaching a height of about 30 to 40 feet (9 to 12 meters) with a spread of around 15 to 20 feet. Its leaves are similar to those of the aspen tree, hence the common name “Gray Birch.”

This cultivar is prized for its distinctive white bark, which provides year-round interest in the landscape, especially during the winter months when other trees have shed their leaves. The bark peels in thin horizontal strips, revealing the white inner bark beneath. In addition to its attractive bark, ‘Whitespire’ also produces yellow fall foliage, adding to its ornamental value.

In terms of cultural requirements, Betula populifolia ‘Whitespire’ prefers moist, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. It is relatively low-maintenance once established and is generally resistant to many pests and diseases that can affect birch trees.