Betula albosinensis Fascination

Chinese Red Birch

A great choice for parks and verges growing well on most soils.

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The species from which Fascination was developed was brought back from China in 1901 by Ernest Wilson. He was very taken with it, describing it as follows:

"The bark is singularly lovely being a rich orange-red or orange-brown and peels off in sheets each no thicker than fine tissue paper and each successive layer is clothed with a white glaucous bloom"

Further to this the catkins in the spring are amazing up to 10cm in length opening to a rich yellow-brown and so numerous my kids call it the ‘caterpillar tree’.

Fascination is a refined clone with dark green leaves which are large for a birch appearing in April along with the showy display of yellow catkins.

It has outstanding stem colour – orange peeling to pink and cream and then purest white once the tree gets beyond 30cm girth.

It is a medium sized tree becoming oval as it matures has stiffly ascending branches and the one outside my kitchen window now over 50cm girth is a constant joy and often commented on.

A great choice for parks and verges growing well on most soils.

It is listed by a few as Betula utilis Fascination but we put it firmly classified in the albosinensis group.

We stock these as both single and multi-stemmed

Mature height: 7-12m

Mature spread: 4-8m

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Chinese Red Birch
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