Originally growing in the Himalayas and parts of North West India, this low branching tree is a multiple-stemmed birch with a strikingly white, flaking bark. Under the plates the bark is darker. In winter this tree is really eye-catching. Young twigs are hairy and have a warm, red brown colour. They have many lenticels. The leaf is shiny and coarsely toothed. The autumn colouring is golden yellow. This bark has a rich inflorescence of 12 cm long catkins. The tree is shallow rooting with, especially in the top soil, many fibrous rootlets.