TREES & plants

Himalayan birch (Not recommended)

Himalayan birch is a variable species and can have white bark or a more brownish bark as seen here.

Due to susceptibility to bronze birch borer (BBB), Himalayan birch is not recommended for planting anywhere in this region and usually require removal and/or replacement. Himalayan birch has yellow fall color.

Botanical name: 
Betula utilis (Betula jacquemontii, Betula utilis var jacquemontii)
All Common Names: 
Himalayan birch, white-barked Himalayan birch, whitebarked Himalayan birch,
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Tree
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Size Range: 
  • Medium tree (25-40 feet)
Mature Height: 
30-40 feet
Mature Width: 
18-25 feet
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), 
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 5 (Chicago), 
  • Zone 6
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Acid Soils: 
  • Intolerant
Alkaline Soils: 
  • Intolerant
Salt Spray: 
  • Intolerant
Soil Salt: 
  • Intolerant
Drought Conditions: 
  • Moderately Tolerant
Poor Drainage: 
  • Intolerant
Ornamental Interest: 
  • Spring blossoms, 
  • Fall color, 
  • Attractive bark
Season of Interest: 
  • Early winter, 
  • Mid winter, 
  • Late winter, 
  • Mid fall, 
  • Late fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Inconspicuous
Shape or Form: 
  • Open, 
  • Pyramidal
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
  • Game birds, 
  • Insect pollinators, 
  • Small mammals, 
  • Songbirds
More Information: 

Tree & Plant Care

Avoid pruning birches in spring as they are 'bleeders' and will lose a great deal of sap.

Disease, pests, and problems

Use of this tree is limited by its susceptibility to bronze birch borer.
Japanese beetle is also a serious problem on this tree.

Native geographic location and habitat

Native to China.

Bark color and texture 

The thin bark is variable on this species and may be very white or more brownish in color..

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Simple, alternate leaves; 2 to 3 inches long.
Dark green leaves are oval.  Leaf margins are double serrated
Fall color is yellow.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Inconspicuous;  male flowers in cylindrical catkins; females also in a cylindrical structure, but much smaller.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Fruits are small, winged nutlets held in catkins.



Betula utilis (Betula jacquemontii, Betula utilis var jacquemontii) or Himalayan birch (Not recommended)

We do not seem to have this in our living collection.