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White Birch

Post  Tom Simonyi on Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:20 pm

I am interested in trying to locate and hopefully procure a white birch composition, preferably clump style...I can't spend a king's ransom, but on the other hand would like material that has been in training for awhile and that shows the beautiful white bark if possible. Thanks in advance for your input.

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Tom

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White Birch

Post  bonsaisr on Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:10 pm

Unfortunately, most American white birch species don't live long enough to be worth the trouble of making into a bonsai. Walter Pall claims that Betula pendula has a better record, but you will probably have to start one from scratch. Don't look at me; mine died.
Good luck in your search.
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Re: White Birch

Post  Tom Simonyi on Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:43 pm

Thanks for your input, Iris...I am sorry that your attempt was unsuccessful regarding the species.

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Re: White Birch

Post  Kev Bailey on Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:04 pm

Betula pendula also has an unfortunate habit of shedding branches unpredictably. This makes it a tricky bonsai candidate, but lovely when done well. I too have lost trees that were many years old, both from seed and collected. Surprising really, as they are a pioneer species that colonises waste ground and stony places with ease.

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Re: White Birch

Post  Todd Ellis on Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:36 am

I read somewhere that birches can live for 50 or more years before they start to decline, perhaps longer with good care. I have been growing a couple of of white birches for the past two years. They are tolerant of the Piedmont Virginia climate. The only problem I see with them is that they are "aphid magnets". I will be putting a two tree grouping together this Spring and will post a picture when they're planted.
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