Mimicking the bold color of a Crimson Century Maple (with the added benefit of being more cold hardy and suitable for Edmonton yards), the Crimson Frost Birch (Betula ‘Crimson Frost’) boasts stunning burgundy-red foliage that graces landscapes with year-round interest. This captivating tree’s upright form is perfect for adding a touch of elegance to gardens of all sizes.

What You Need To Know:


  • Lifespan: 25-40 years with proper care.
  • Canopy Size/Spread: 25-40 feet tall and wide, with a narrow, upright habit.
  • Root Characteristics: Moderately invasive, with shallow roots that can spread widely. Planting at least 10-15 feet from structures is recommended.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate, around 1-2 feet per year.
  • Edible Characteristics: Not recommended for consumption.

Growing Conditions

  • Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soil.
  • Water: Requires consistent watering, especially during the first year and hot weather. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings.
  • Light: Full sun to part shade is ideal for best foliage color.
  • Hardiness Zone: USDA Zones 3-7

More Than Just Color

  • Flowering: Catkins appear in early spring, but are not particularly showy.
  • Fall Foliage: The star of the show! The leaves transform into a vibrant display of burgundy, red, orange, and yellow hues.
  • Fruit: Small, cone-shaped fruits may appear in late summer, but are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Uses

  • Specimen planting: Showcase a single Crimson Frost Birch as a stunning focal point in a garden bed.
  • Group planting: Create a cluster of birches for a woodland-inspired effect.
  • Background planting: Provide a colorful backdrop for other flowering plants and shrubs.
  • Screening: Use them to create a natural privacy screen.


Interested In Adding This Unique Tree To Your Property?

Contact Edmonton Arborist and our expert tree planting team will bring and install your very own Crimson Frost Birch!

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