Betula humilis

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Betula humilis Schrank

Betulaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   3

Moisture: moist

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: elliptic

Division: simple

    

Shape: not specified
Fruit: samara

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Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Hamamelididae
Superordo:
Faganae
Ordo:
Corylales
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Betula humilis is a shrub.

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Naming

Betula humilis was described by Franz von Paula von Schrank in 1789. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Betula humilis is a species in the genus Betula which contains approximately 133 to 211 species and belongs to the family of the Betulaceae (Birch Family).

Characteristics

Betula humilis - flowers
Betula humilis - branches

Growth

The shrubs reach heights of 1 to 1,5 metres. The plants reach a width of 1 to 2 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Betula humilis is deciduous. The mid-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are elliptic and petiolate with denticulate margins and pinnate venation. They turn an attractive yellow in autumn.

Flowers and Fruits

Betula humilis produces yellow flowers from April to May.

The shrubs produce samaras.

Root System

Distribution

Betula humilis is native to Central Europe, Poland, Eastern Europe, West-Siberia, East Siberia and Mongolia.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny situation on moist soil. The substrate should be gritty loam with a pH between 6,5 and 7,5. They tolerate temperatures down to -40°C (USDA zone 3).

Uses

Suited for moorland gardens, as well as suited as bee pasture.

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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