Chinese Red-Bark Birch

The Chinese red bark birch, 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.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a narrow, upright shape and dark green leaves that turn yellow in autumn. It has striking reddish-brown bark that peels in thin layers.


The 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 Flowers

Produces small, yellowish catkins in spring.


The Leaves

During the fall, the foliage can turn to shades of yellow or orange, adding to the tree’s ornamental appeal.


The Bark

The bark is reddish-brown and peels in thin layers, revealing a smooth surface underneath.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The bark and leaves offer food and shelter.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental bark and foliage. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Chinese Red-Bark Birch is known for its striking reddish-brown bark, which adds year-round interest to landscapes.

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