Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Betula costata, Chinese Birch

Seed wild collected in 1994. This Birch was introduced in 1880 but is, to my knowledge, mostly unknown in this country. The bark is clearly nice and so far we haven't had any of the typical Birch problems: no borers, nothing on the leaves. This plant is growing on the road where the path to the pagoda begins. I remember when a huge evergreen oak, Quercus myrsinifolia, grew on this site. The stump is almost in the frame on the right hand side.

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