Himalayan white birch Betulaceae Betula utilis
Leaf:Alternate, simple, pinnately–veined, ovate, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches long, singly serrated to faintly doubly serrated, rounded to obtuse leaf base, dark green above and paler below.
Flower:Species is monoecious; 2 to 3, red brown, 1 to 1 1/2 inch long, preformed male catkins at the ends of twigs; females are upright, reddish green, 1 inch long; appear or elongate (males) in mid-spring.
Fruit:Cone like, cylindrical, 1 1/2 to 2 inches long, initially green but brown and deciduous when mature, breaking up to release small 2-winged nutlets; mature in autumn and disperse through winter.
Twig:Slender, red brown, light lenticels, may have a fine grey fuzz; buds are slender, pointed and red brown, false end bud.
Bark:Red brown with numerous horizontal lenticels when young; heavily peeling to a striking, creamy white (slight reddish) when mature.
Form:A small to medium sized tree up to 60 feet tall, pyramidal crown.