Betula pendula Dalecarlica

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

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 trees for sale

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

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
2-year Dalecarlica tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-3.5m 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 Pen Dalecarlica silver birch

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).

Dalecarlica characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive bark Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Growth rate: Fast
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Site conditions: Occasional flooding Occasional drought
  • Useful for: Open spaces Street / amenity Specimen planting
  • Pruning: Do not prune
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


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

Similar varieties

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  • See also Golden Beauty
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    Golden Beauty
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