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  • Betula alba pendula

    Betula alba pendula

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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.

    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 kits 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
    Is Native No
    Privacy Hedge No

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      150/200cm 12L Pot
      Pot Grown
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      150/200cm 12L Pot
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    More Information
    Deciduous Yes
    Semi Evergreen No
    Evergreen No
    Has Berries No
    Is Edible No
    Is Native No
    Privacy Hedge No

    Delivery Information

    • Orders £100 and over to mainland UK are delivered FREE for box deliveries
    • Our delivery lead time is currently within 7-14 days.
    • Orders under £100 to mainland UK £4.99 (box delivery).
    • Orders requiring a pallet delivery, free delivery over £200 or a £60 pallet charge if the order is under £200.
    • Bespoke deliveries that require a dedicated vehicle is a charge of £300 or free on orders over £1000.
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