Betula utilis jacquemontii Snow Queen (sometimes known as Doorenbos) certainly is a royal presence in the garden. The sublime pure-white bark is a fabulous feature all year round, but particularly in the colder months, when the structural 'bones' of a garden are revealed and the tree is lit by the low winter sun. So choose planting positions carefully and you'll be richly rewarded as Snow Queen birch trees develop their white bark much earlier than other varieties. Then in spring come those pretty little catkins, shivering in the March breeze like lambs' tails. Autumn brings soft mango-yellow leaves that fall to reveal a handsome pyramid-shaped skeleton, the upper limbs swaying with the wind. It's a lovely specimen tree, used as a focal point, or plant in small groups to create a coppice of luminous white bark. An avenue of trees can provide light screening, too. Regal it may be, but it's never overbearing, growing to just 7m tall; for other trees suitable for smaller gardens, take a look at the rest of our range of birch trees for sale.
If you're planting Betula utilis jacquemontii Snow Queen in the garden as a specimen, you can do it in a border, too, and underplant with white-flowered perennials, which will work in harmony with the bark colour to create a magical combination. White hardy geraniums work well, as do hellebores and snowdrops, for a stunning winter tableau.
Betula, meaning birch, utilis, meaning useful, the white bark of Himalayan birch was used in ancient times for writing Sanskrit scriptures and texts. These days it's used as packaging for butter and in bandages, among other things.