About This Plant

The Chinese red bark birch, scientifically known as Betula albosinensis, is a deciduous tree native to China. As its name suggests, it is distinguished by its striking red or copper-coloured bark, particularly in the younger branches and twigs. This birch species produces serrated green leaves and small, pendulous clusters of yellow-brown catkins in the spring

The Story

Leaf

The leaves are simple, alternate, and serrated, with a glossy dark green colour on the upper side and a lighter shade underneath. During the fall, the foliage can turn to shades of yellow or orange, adding to the tree’s ornamental appeal.

Produce

The tree produces inconspicuous flowers in the form of catkins. Male catkins are pendulous and yellow-brown, while female catkins are smaller and greenish. The tree is monoecious, meaning both male and female flowers are found on the same tree. The fruit consists of small winged seeds known as samaras, which are dispersed by the wind.
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