AVALANCHE™ Birch

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 50' Width/Spread: 30-40'

Want your garden to give the immediate impression of simplicity and elegance? Plant an Avalanche™ birch tree. This multi-stemmed specimen first pops out of the landscape as a juvenile specimen with creamy tan bark and hints of pale pink. As it matures, its relatively smooth bark brightens to a handsome stark white. Plant it as a specimen to provide structure to the space or as a group to give your landscape a naturalistic aesthetic. You’ll enjoy its easy-care nature, with good resistance to bronze birch borer and its seeming invisibility to deer, as they don’t care to eat its bark. In fall, its presence in the landscape intensifies as emerald green foliage develops a uniform golden color.

Why grow an Avalanche™ birch?

  • Disease resistant
  • Durable for a landscape with deer
  • Handsome color show with bark and fall foliage

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Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day)

Soil: Prefers moist but well-drained, slightly acidic soils. However, crabapples can tolerate varied conditions as long as they aren’t too extreme.

Water: Average water needs, some drought tolerance once established.

Fertilizing: If desired, fertilize in early spring using a granular (not liquid) fertilizer formulated for woody plants, like a rose or tree fertilizer. One application a year is sufficient in most areas. However, if you are starting with a very small plant, you may wish to fertilize monthly through late July to encourage more rapid growth.

Pruning: Little needed. You may selectively prune out branches to achieve a desired shape and habit if you wish, but regular pruning is neither required nor recommended.

Botanical Name

Betula x 'Avalzam'

Zone

4, 5, 6, 7

Flower Color

Green

Foliage Color

Green

Height

50'

Width/Spread

30-40'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil

Acidic, Any, Average, Well-drained

Season of Interest

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Uses

Cottage gardens, Foundations, Shade tree, Specimen, Woodland gardens

Features

Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Fall interest, Tree, Winter Interest

Blooms On

Old wood

Breeder

Jim Zampini, Madison, Ohio

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