Betula albosinensis ‘Fascination’ is a species of Birch like others, known for its attractive bark, but this one’s bark is rich orange-red, or orange-brown and peels off to reveal other layers of bark, each slightly lighter than the last. After rain, the bark on younger trees shimmers and can look almost iridescent. Once the tree nears maturity (over 30cm in girth) the bark becomes stark white, contrasting well with the darker branching of the canopy. These features make it an ideal specimen tree during the dull winter months and should be considered alongside darker coloured plants where the contrast will be accentuated.
A refined clone of albosinensis, Betula albosinensis ‘Fascination’ has dark green leaves, which are large for Birch. Emerging in April along with a flamboyant display of yellow catkins which are up to 10cm in length. The larger leaves and dense structure make it a useful tree for screening.
A fairly consistent performer and will thrive in most soils, Betula albosinensis ‘Fascination’ is a medium sized, pyramidal shaped tree that has ascending branches and a uniform shape; ideal for any scheme where architectural structure is a consideration.
Mature height: 12-17m