Genus Betula can be deciduous trees or shrubs, usually colouring well in autumn and often with striking white, pink, or peeling brown bark; separate male and female catkins open before or with the leaves in spring.
Details Hand grafted and propagated at Lime Cross Nursery, Betula utilis 'Wakehurst Place Chocolate' is one of the darkest birch available with true, plain chocolate bark in the early years changing to shades of brown as it ages. An upright growth habit. The dark green foliage covers the tree in spring turning golden during the autumn.
Soil Type: Normal, heavy clay, light sandy, chalk, loam. Aspect: Full sun. Foliage Type: Deciduous. Foliage Colour: Green- yellow leaves. Pot Size:12 Litre. Ultimate Height: 12m. Ultimate Spread: 4-8m. Growth Rate: 10 - 20 years. Special Attributes: The original tree at Wakehurst Place was obtained as a graft from the Forrest collection at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.