Betula nana - Dwarf birch or Arctic birch

Found mainly in the tundra of the Arctic regions.

The leaves are rounded, 6 – 20m. diameter, with a bluntly toothed margins. The leaves are a darker green on their upper surface. Leaf growth starts after snows melt and become red in autumn.

In general, they favour wet but well-drained soils which are nutrient-poor and acidic. This species does not like shady conditions; a nationally scarce species in the UK.

Care as Bonsai

Not an easy species to maintain in good health. Attractive with small shiny leaves; would apparently seem ideal but very prone to branch dieback and will not survive without bright sunlight in the very short growing season.





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