Betula utilis x Betula albosinensis Edinburgh

Edinburgh birch tree
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Bark: White

Edinburgh is upright hybrid of the silver birch, discovered growing at the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens.

The tree grows with an upright habit, and the stem will become a pure white colour as the tree matures.

Edinburgh trees for sale

Deliveries from week commencing 18th November 2019 (or December for bare-root).

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
2-year Edinburgh tree - in a 12L pot
4m-7m tall after 10 years

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Betula Edinburgh birch tree

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

How to grow

Edinburgh should reach a height of around 6m in 10 years.

For the best appearance remove shoots lower down the stem as the tree grows in the first few years after planting. This will ensure the stem of the mature tree is clean and blemish free.

Edinburgh characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive tree / plant Attractive bark
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Site conditions: Occasional flooding Occasional drought
  • Useful for: Open spaces Specimen planting
  • Pruning: Do not prune
  • Gardening skill: Average


  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Bark: White

Similar varieties

  • Betula utilis jacquemontii
    Trinity College
    Like Edinburgh, Trinity College is also a good choice for small spaces.
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