Golden Treasure


Denomination: 'Golden Treasure'
Botanical Name: Betula ×plettkei
Applicant/Holder: Valkplant BV
Valkenburgerlaan 64, 2771 DA
Breeder: Ing. Michal Andrusiv, Litomyšl, The Czech Republic
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2015-01-22
Application Number: 15-8511

Variety Description


TREE: upright growth habit, no contorted growth, medium sized angle between main axis and lateral branch
BRANCH: semi-upwards attitude of tips
CURRENT SEASON'S SHOOT: medium sized glands, absent or very sparse pubescence

PETIOLE: very short
LEAF BLADE: very short, very narrow to narrow, leaf blade length to petiole length ratio is very low to low, very low length to width ratio, orbicular shape, entire margin, truncate base, yellow green (RHS 144A) upper side, no secondary colour on upper side, very few pairs of veins, absent or very sparse pubescence on lower side
LEAF BLADE MARGIN: absent or very weak degree of undulation, medium number of indentations, deep indentations

Origin & Breeding History: 'Golden Treasure' was bred and developed by the breeder, Ing. Michal Andrusiv, in Litomyšl, Czech Republic. It originated from a cross conducted in 2010 between the Betula pendula variety 'Golden Cloud', as the female parent, and Betula nana, as the male parent. 'Golden Treasure' was selected in 2012 for its dwarf plant growth habit, orange leaf colour in spring, and shiny, yellow leaf colour during the summer months. Asexual reproduction of 'Golden Treasure' was first conducted in 2012, in Litomyšl, Czech Republic.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Golden Treasure' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number 2014/0652, purchased from the Community Plant Variety Office in Angers, France. The trial was conducted by the National Institute of Agricultural Botany in Cambridge, United Kingdom in 2015. The colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

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Golden Treasure
Birch: 'Golden Treasure'

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Golden Treasure
Birch: 'Golden Treasure'

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