Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Himalayan Birch Poles and Forks

Here are some pictures of the Himalayan Birch Branches, displayed in a 6" diameter, 18" tall vase. The most common birch species sold as decorative branches, Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) and Gray Birch (Betula populifolia) don't really start getting white until about 2 inches in diameter. Because of their relatively large diameter, these species aren't practical for centerpieces, and are instead typically used in long lengths for floor displays. Himalayan Birch (Betula jacquemontii), however, starts getting white at around 1/2" diameter, a completely manageable size for table-top display in a reasonably sized vase. Here are the small poles, which are about 1/2 - 1" in diameter, and 3-4 feet long, which will be available in bundles of 5:

Even at this small of a diameter, these birch branches are as white as the whitest Paper Birch Branches, and some have a bit of exfoliating bark adding to their charm. Once Himalayan Birch Branches hit about an inch in diameter they become spectacularly white and have a good deal of exfoliating bark.  The 1-2" diameter size will be available in bundles of 3:

And here's a close-up of the 1-2" size showing the gorgeous color and exfoliating bark:

In addition to the Poles, we'll also have forks, which generally are under an inch in diameter and would be fantastic for using with hanging votives or other objects:

In addition to these items, we'll also have 2-3" diameter trunks, which have profuse amounts of peeling bark, 1-2 foot sticks, Himalayan Birch Brush and likely another item or two. If you haven't been able to tell, we're extremely excited about Himalayan Birch!

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