Betulaceae (birch family) Betula

Betula utilis subsp. jacquemontii Himalayan white birch

B. jacquemontii (syn.)
Himalayan white birch at Lokey Research Building. Sairus Patel, 17 Jan 2024
Himalayan white birch in front of Lathrop Library (now removed). Sairus Patel, 9 Dec 2017

From the Himalayas comes this magnificent birch, whose pure white trunk is free of dark markings, unlike European white birch. Golden fall color arrives in December and is some of the latest in the season.

Several dozen are clustered in planters in the northeastern corner of Lokey Research Building; a few are at the southwestern corner as well. Eight flank the European hornbeams on the east side of Hoover Tower. Specimens in the courtyard at the south end of the School of Education and a row at the west facade (Lasuen Street) of Lathrop Library have been removed.

Himalayan white birch in the School of Education courtyard (now removed). John Rawlings, 10 Feb 2004

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. Sairus Patel added the note on fall color, the Hoover Tower location, and updated the Graduate School of Business reference to Lathrop Library (Dec 2017). Name updated to Betula utilis subsp. jacquemontii (ref. RBG Kew’s Plants of the World Online, others may use var.), Lokey location added, others updated (Feb 2024, SP).