An oddity within our Birch range, hardly looking like a member of the same family.
It is a native of Japan where it can reach up to 35 metres in height but it is rare to see in the UK and reaches a more modest height of between 15-20 metres.
Introduced into the UK in 1893 this is one to catch someone out on a tree identification competition.
It is fast growing and has a dark brown trunk when young maturing into greyish tinges.
The large heart shaped leaves turn clear yellow in the autumn. It retains a pyramidal shape when young but this broadens at maturity.
The leaves are the biggest of all the Birch family sometimes attaining over 12cm in length.
Mature height: 12-17m
Mature spread: 8-12m