Betula ermanii 'Polar Bear'

Erman's Birch

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Pure-white trunked birch which has peeling bark. Green leaves turn butter-yellow in autumn.

exotic tree Exotic
deciduous tree Deciduous
tolerates windy sites Tolerates windy sites
clay soils Clay soils
poor draining soils Poor draining soils
street Street
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Taxonomy and Etymology

Family: Betulaceae, birch family, a family of deciduous, nut-bearing trees and shrubs.

Genus: Betula, betula (Latin, noun), meaning 'birch tree'. Commonly known as birch, a genus of deciduous trees and shrubs.

Species: Betula ermanii, ermanii (Latinised), named after the German natural scientist who discovered the species, George Adolph Erman (1806 - 1877).

Cultivar: Betula ermanii 'Polar Bear'

Common Name: Erman's Birch

Description and Features

Description: Pure-white trunked birch which has peeling bark. Green leaves turn butter-yellow in autumn.

Height: 6m

Width: 4m

Uses: Street

Tolerates: Windy

Soil Type: Clay soils, Poor draining soils

Winter Foliage: Deciduous

Origin: Exotic


  • Summer: White

  • Autumn: White

  • Winter: White

  • Spring: White


  • Summer: Green

  • Autumn: Yellow

  • Winter: None

  • Spring: Green

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The grade size is the size of the bag/pot the tree is in. This is measured in either litres or pints per bag.

The height is the overall height of the tree from the top of the pot/bag (bottom of the trunk) to the top of the tree. Some grades have height ranges as the heights of the individual trees vary.

The standard height is the height of the clear trunk from the bottom of the trunk to the graft or the first branch (if it is not grafted).

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Prices subject to change without notice. Actual stock quantity may differ. Every care is taken to accurately record heights but due to slightly different growth rates and other natural variables that can occur within and to a species, variety, or cultivar, the actual height of the final product may differ from what is stated.