Common Name: Dahurian Birch
Scientific Name: Betula dahurica
Native to northeast Asia, including parts of Russia, Japan, the Korean peninsula and China, the Dahurian birch can be found growing in mixed or coniferous forests in its native range. Growing to heights of only 40 to 50 feet at maturity, this tree is known for its round-spreading crown and and showy, exfoliating or peeling bark. Hardy from zones 4 to 7 and tolerant of moist soils, this smaller tree can be planted in groups to create greater ornamental interest in the landscape, but is also suited well to be planted as an individual specimen.
Found in our Birch Collection along Three-Mile Drive and Walk, this tree is a real standout specimen during the winter months. To learn more about the Dahurian Birch, make sure to check out the Arboretum's bi-monthly magazine where Brandon M. Miller, Ph. D (Assistant Professor, Department of Horticultural Science & Curator of Plant Collections) expands on the value that this unique and rarely used tree adds to the landscape.