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Dalecarlica

Betula pendula

This tall graceful tree is perhaps one of the most attractive of the silver birches.

Dalecarlia is named after the Swedish province of Dalarna where it was first discovered in the 18th century. For this reason it is also known as the Swedish Birch, and has become the national tree of Sweden.

Dalecarlica is also known as the cut-leaf birch - on account of the spiky shape of its leaves, which look as if they have been cut out with scissors.

Dalecarlica grows with an upright form, but the branches cascade downwards. The peeling papery bark is pure white, becoming fissued as the tree ages.

Dalecarlica birch trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £60.00
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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Dalecarlica characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive barkAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitUpright
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Growth rateFast
  • Site conditionsOccasional floodingOccasional drought
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnYellow
  • BarkWhite
  • Country of originSweden
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Fastigiata Joes
    Betula pendula
    Fastigiata Joes
    A unique silver birch with a compact upright columnar form and pendulous branches.
  • See also Golden Beauty
    Betula pendula
    Golden Beauty
    A gold-leaved silver birch, with an excellent upright form, white bark, and attractive autumn leaf colours.
  • Betula pendula
    Spider Alley
    Spider Alley is a silver birch with unusual contorted twisting branches, and a pure white stem.
  • Betula pendula
    Tristis
    A graceful upright silver birch with pendulous shoots cascading from its branches.
  • Betula pendula
    Youngii
    A weeping silver birch, the branches trail to the ground.

What will it look like?

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

Betula Pen Dalecarlica silver birch