Crimson Frost Birch - Betula pendula 'Crimson Frost'

Crimson Frost is a purple-leaved birch whose parents are Betula platyphylla var.szechuanica and Betula pendula ‘Purpurea’. It is a small to medium sized tree that typically grows 25-40’ tall with an upright, narrow-pyramidal shape. It is noted for its burgundy-red to purple foliage and exfoliating white bark with cinnamon hues. Foliage acquires orange, red and yellow shades in fall. Tiny flowers appear in early spring in separate catkins on the same tree. Female flowers are followed by drooping cone-like fruits containing numerous small winged seeds that typically mature in late summer.

Water Needs: 
High
Foliage Color: 
Purple
Landscape Uses: 
Border
Specimen
Garden Styles: 
Cottage
Modern
Traditional
Zen
Light Needs: 
Partial Sun/Shade
Plant Types: 
Height: 
30-40'
Spread: 
20'+
Flower Colors: 
Green
Flower Seasons: 
Spring
Special Features: 
Attractive Foliage
Fall Colour
Shade Tree
Growth Habits: 
Pyramidal
Upright
Cold Hardiness: 
Zone 4
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Best grown in medium to wet, sandy or rocky, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Best foliage color occurs in full sun, but plants appreciate some afternoon part shade in hot summer areas. It needs consistently moist soils. Consider using soaker hoses and bark mulches to keep the root zones cool and moist. It needs little pruning, but if necessary, prune during the dormant season. Avoid pruning in spring when the sap is running because it will bleed. Performs best in cool northern climates where summer temperatures rarely exceed 75 degrees F. and where root zones are generally covered with snow throughout the winter.

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