Betula alba pendula

Betula alba pendula

From £58.33

Betula pendula (Silver Birch) is a popular native tree that makes an impact with its elegant silver bark and graceful, weeping branches. The silver bark cracks with age making each tree unique and intriguing. 

Betula pendula is also a favourite with wildlife; the seeds are enjoyed by Greenfinch, Redpoll and other local birds. 

The bright green leaves have a serrated edge, almost triangular in shape. They provide an airy canopy and in autumn turn buttery yellow. Silver Birch makes an excellent windbreak and will grow in the toughest conditions. 

Planting Advice

Our single stem, pot grown Silver Birch trees can be planted all year-round. To aid the trees growth more effectively, sprinkle root grow when planting. Here are some tips for planting your birch tree:

  1. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide 
  2. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost
  3. Place the roots of the tree into the hole, fill it with your soil mix and firm around gently (avoid banking the collar of the tree)

Aftercare Advice

Unlike other species, Birch trees would rather be in wet soil than dry. An irrigation kit will make things easier for you when caring for your birch tree.

  • If planting in spring or summer, water well for the first few months and increase watering if there are periods of hot or dry weather.
  • If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little.  

If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

You can gently wash the white bark with water and a sponge to keep it looking sparkling.

Pruning Advice

Minimal pruning is required and advised for Silver Birch trees. 

  • Remove lateral shoots to maintain a clear trunk
  • Prune diseased or damanged branches

Prune in late summer to mid-winter.

Hard pruning will increase light at the base of the tree, which in turn increases soil temperature and decreases moisture levels.

More Information

  • Deciduous Yes
  • Semi Evergreen No
  • Evergreen No
  • Has Berries No
  • Is Edible No
  • Native No
  • Privacy Hedge No

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More Information
DeciduousYes
Semi EvergreenNo
EvergreenNo
Has BerriesNo
Is EdibleNo
NativeNo
Privacy HedgeNo

Delivery Information

  • Orders £100 and over to mainland UK are delivered FREE for box deliveries
  • Our delivery lead time is currently within 3-5 days. *Some troughs and trees may take up to 14 days at present.
  • Orders under £100 to mainland UK £7.99 (box delivery).
  • Orders requiring a pallet delivery, free delivery over £300 or a £30 pallet charge if the order is under £300.
  • Bespoke deliveries that require a dedicated vehicle is a charge of £300 or free on orders over £1000.
  • We can deliver to Scottish Highlands & Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle Man, but the delivery cost will need to be quoted by one of our team, so please contact us on

For some plants that are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard boxes we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £300 for free delivery, or you can make a contribution towards the delivery cost. Look out for the information on product pages which explains this further where applicable and if your order is for less than £300 please call or email us to agree a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page.

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Betula alba pendula, also known as the Common Silver Birch is a graceful tree that carries year round interest. Its diamond-shaped green leaves turn buttery yellow in the autumn. Yellowish-brown catkins develop over winter and look stunning in the spring. Silver Birch trees have a height and spread of 6 x 4 metres after 10 years of growth. They are suited to all soil types and are best positioned in full sun or partial shade.