Betula alba pendula Silver Birch
- Best seller
- Height 10 years: 5m-10m / 16ft-33ft
- Growth habit: Upright-spreading
- Bark: White
The graceful Silver Birch is a popular tree for specimen planting, with upright branches from which younger shoots spread down in a pendulous fashion.
The white peeling bark develops after a few years, and becomes more characterful as the tree ages.
In autumn the pretty diamond-shaped small green leaves turn yellow, while in winter the naked white branches are particularly attractive.
The Silver Birch is sometimes placed in the species Betula alba var. pendula.
Silver Birch trees for sale
1-year Silver Birch tree - bare root
2-year Silver Birch tree - in a 12L pot
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.
We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.
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
The Silver Birch has excellent cold-hardiness and grows in most soils as long as they are not too alkaline.
It is easy to grow in most situations, but does best in full sun.
Silver Birch characteristics
- Attractive features:
Attractive bark Autumn foliage colour
- Height 10 years:
5m-10m / 16ft-33ft
- Growth habit:
- Growth rate:
- Site conditions:
Occasional flooding Occasional drought
Prefers full sun
- Useful for:
Open spaces Specimen planting
Do not prune
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Leaf colour:
- Leaf colour - autumn:
- Annual cycle:
RHS Award of Garden Merit