Betula szechuanica (C.K.Schneid.) C.A.Jansson

Tree to 10 m or more tall, with spreading, open branching. Bark white, powdery. Branchlets quite thick, glandular with conspicuous white resin dots. Leaves well separated on the branchlets, thick, to about 9 cm long, dark blue-green, shiny above, stalks rigid. Female catkins 3-5 cm long; bracts of catkins with a central lobe pointing forwards, lateral lobes spreading. [B. platyphylla Sukaczev var. szechuanica (C.K. Schneid.) Rehder]

SW China

Distinctive sparse habit; thick blue-green leaves with rigid stalks; bark powdery white.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Betulaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fagales
family       Betulaceae
genus        Betula L.