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Dakota Pinnacle Japanese White Birch

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Dakota Pinnacle Japanese White Birch (Betula platyphylla ‘Fargo’)A fantastic new introduction from North Dakota that’s hardier than the species; smooth white bark, spire-like columnar habit of growth, quite dense, great for skyline articulation; insect resistant and drought tolerant

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Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
35 feet
Average Landscape Width:
10 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Betula
Species:
platyphylla
Cultivar:
Fargo
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
yellow
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
columnar
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
prune in full leaf
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Branching:
excurrent
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Dakota Pinnacle Japanese White Birch is primarily valued in the landscape for its rigidly columnar form. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. The smooth white bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Dakota Pinnacle Japanese White Birch is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Dakota Pinnacle Japanese White Birch will grow to be about 35 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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