Betula ermanii ‘Mt Zao Purple’ has a base colour of purple overlain with creamy orange, combined with very prominent horizontal bands of lenticels creating an almost striped appearance. This is so unusual that we decided to perpetuate it as a cultivar.
It is a lovely stately tree, very much in demand due to the outstanding, freely peeling bark. The lenticels on the trunks are very striking – they seem to swirl round the trunk and coalesce. Autumn leaf colour is always a rich orange. Will grow in well-drained soils but will achieve greater stature in a more moist area.
Height: 12-18 metres, extensive spreading crown
Source: the extinct volcano of Mt Zao, North Honshu, Japan.
Our trees are field-grown and available once dormant (from November to March). You can reserve trees now for winter delivery or collection.