chicagoland grows® Plant Introduction Program

White Satin™ Birch

Betula ‘Madison’



Dr. Edward R. Hasselkus selected this tree from the collections at Longenecker Horticultural Gardens of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Its attractive characteristics include good borer resistance, a uniform upright pyramidal habit, beautiful satin-white bark, attractive foliage, and golden-yellow fall color. The parent plant originated from seed distributed by the USDA, North Central Plant Introduction Station in Ames, Iowa, under P.I. #130480. Planted in the mid-1970s, it out-survived all the other seedlings from the population, which were lost to bronze birch borers. The parent tree measures approximately 40' in height with a 30' spread at the base. Zones 5-7.

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