Tree to 10 m or more tall. Bark very white and peeling in loose white sheets. Branchlets with brown warts and ream dots. Leaves thick, to 12 cm long, 6 cm wide, ovate, long pointed or not, hairy, at least on the veins below, veins not strongly impressed. Female catkins 2-3.5 cm long; bracts with side lobes spreading and half as long as the central lobe; early spring. [B. jacquemontii Spach]
Montane China, Himalaya, Afghanistan
Extremely white bark.
VIC: Dandenongs ('Pirianda').
Source: (1997). Betulaceae. In: . 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.
Exceptional white bark. Received by Hilliers Nsy, uk from a Belgian nursery as b. jacquemontii and possibly derived as early as 1930s.