Whitespire Birch Tree
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Whitespire Birch Tree
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Whitespire Birch

Betula populifolia 'Whitespire'
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With snazzy white Birch bark that everybody loves, a Whitespire Birch tree planted in your front yard landscaping will give your home instant curb appeal. A grove of Whitespires in the backyard, on the other hand, will make for a magical get-away space. Lying in the cool grass on a warm summer day, while you look up at the delicate leaves twirl and flutter from their slender branches, you'll feel the worries of the day fade away. In fall, this stellar ornamental/shade tree will paint a lovely picture in your landscape when its dark green leave turn a radiant yellow. Fast-growing, native, and adaptable, too, it's no wonder this easygoing beauty is always in demand!

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The Story

Whitespire Birch was a victim of mistaken identity for years.  When Ed Hasselkus of the University of Wisconsin introduced this selection in 1983, he believed it to be a form of Asian White Birch.  In 1993, when the original tree was 36 years old, an earlier mistake in the records was finally caught, and Whitespire was reclassified as a Gray Birch, which hails from the Northeastern U.S.  It was a native all along!  Whitespire outlasts wild trees, however.  The original tree has still not succumbed to the dreaded bronze birch borer.

The Details

All the bad things you've heard about Birch will disappear when you select this magnificent tree. This is the most carefree Birch available today. Your magnificent Whitespire Birch is resistant to pests such as bronze Birch borer and Birch leaf miner; as well as uncontrollable occurrences like high temperatures and drought conditions. This beautiful Birch is wrapped in chalky white bark that doesn't exfoliate but gets brighter as it matures and is topped off with dark green leaves that turn yellow in fall.

How to Grow

Whitespire Birch has chalky white bark that doesn’t exfoliate and is the fastest growing of all Birches. They enjoy being planted in full sun with moist, well-drained soil, but the Whitespire Birch can also tolerate drier, rockier soils. The first 3 or 4 years you have a White Birch planted in your garden, you want to water it after the initial planting and during periods of drought. Once a year during fall, apply a medium rate fertilizer to supply your Birch with nutrients it needs to supply you with the joy of seeing healthy new growth the following spring. White Birches rarely need to be pruned. Whitespire is resistant to Bronze Birch Borer and Birch Leaf Miner.

Size Guide

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Size: C

Size C

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Size C Trees:

10-12' Tall. Grown Balled and Burlapped. This large tree is ready for immediate landscape impact.

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