White Satin™ birch is a Chicagoland Grows® introduction. It provides beautiful white bark and good resistance to the bronze birch borer (BBB). This hybrid offers dark green leaves that turn a nice yellow fall color.
All common names:
- Residential and parks
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Shade tree,
- Large tree (more than 40 feet),
- medium tree (25-40 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Spring blossoms,
- Fall color,
- Attractive bark
Seasons of Interest:
- early winter,
- late winter,
- early fall,
- mid fall,
- late fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
- Cavity-nesting birds,
- Insect pollinators,
- Small mammals
Tree & Plant Care
Best in full sun and well drained soil.
Avoid pruning birches in spring as they are considered bleeders (will lose quantities of sap).
Disease, pests, and problems
Leaf miners and cankers
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Good resistance to bronze birch borer.
Native geographic location and habitat
Of hybrid origin.
Bark color and texture
This species has a satin white bark that is slightly peeling.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple, alternate leaves, dark green, ovoid to slightly triangular-shaped.
Margins are double serrated. Good yellow fall color.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Inconspicuous; male flowers in cylindrical catkins; females much smaller.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Cylindrical clusters of winged nutlets, borne at end of branches.