Betula pendula


Silver Birch

Deciduous upright tree, 6-10m tall and 5m wide (sometimes taller), with narrow silver-white trunk,peeling bark and pendulous branches. Triangular foliage turns yellow-green in autumn.


Attractive specimen tree, grown primarily for its graceful habit and attractive silver-white bark. Often planted in triangular groups of 3,5 or 7 for maximum impact. Often underplanted with spring-flowering bulbs for a woodland effect.


Grows best in cool, deep, moist soil. Tolerates wet, heavy soil. Needs a sunny, sheltered position. Very cold tolerant. Prune only to shape. Water during dry periods. Close planting in small groups helps to restrict height.


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