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Silver Birch

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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.

Betula alba pendula

Silver Birch birch trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £18.95
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £49.95
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)

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.

History

The Silver Birch is sometimes placed in the species Betula alba var. pendula.

Silver Birch characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive barkAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright-spreading
    • Height after 10 years:5m-8m / 16ft-25ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Yellow
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sun
    • Pruning:Do not prune
    • Growth rate:Fast
    • Site conditions:Occasional floodingOccasional drought
  • Identification

    • Bark:White
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous

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. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.