Betula albosinensis

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Betula albosinensis
Chinese red birch
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fagales
Family: Betulaceae
Genus: Betula
Subgenus: Betula subg. Neurobetula
B. albosinensis
Binomial name
Betula albosinensis

Betula albosinensis, the Chinese red birch, syn. B. bhojpattra var. sinensis, B. utilis var. sinensis, is a species of birch in the family Betulaceae, native to Western China. It is a deciduous tree growing to 25 metres (82 ft). A particular feature is the peeling brown bark (cream when newly exposed). In fact the Latin specific name albosinensis means "white, from China".[2] Brown catkins are produced in Spring.[3]

Betula albosinensis is grown as an ornamental tree for parks and large gardens, and numerous cultivars have been produced. The cultivars 'China Rose',[4] 'Fascination'[5] and 'Red Panda'[6] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.



  1. ^ "Betula albosinensis". The Plant List. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  2. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for Gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 978-1845337315.
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  4. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Betula albosinensis 'China Rose'". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Betula 'Fascination'". RHS. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  6. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Betula albosinensis 'Red Panda'". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 21 January 2018.