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BETULA

Commonly known as Birch

Genus of about 60 species of deciduous trees and shrubs from varying habitats throughout the northern hemisphere.

Graceful in habit (lady of the woods), ornamental bark, colourful autumn foliage, attractive male catkins and an open crown make this a superb choice for a garden tree for even modestly sized gardens. Autumn leaves decompose quickly.

The UK species are silver, downy and dwarf and are all important wildlife trees.

Countless uses in history including canoes, writing material, beer and wine and bark gaiters.

Further Reading....

  • Deciduous - mid- to dark-green toothed leaves. Male and female flowers appear in spring in separate catkins on the same tree. Male catkins are usually yellow-brown, pendent and longer than the females.
  • Tree - grown for decorative bark, graceful form and autumn leaf colour.
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade - prefers light, dappled shade.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - one of the 'pioneer' species which quickly colonise bare ground. Most are tolerant of very exposed positions. Wildlife plant - birds and insects. A wonderful airy tree for medium-sized gardens.
  • Pests & Diseases - birch borers, birch leaf mining sawfly, birch rust, mildew.
  • Place of origin - northern hemisphere.
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - will also succeed in less-fertile moist soil.
  • Wildlife - Rabbit Resistant

Buy Varieties of BETULA

BETULA alleghaniensis

BETULA alleghaniensis  >


Commonly known as: Yellow birch.
Peeling amber or golden brown bark and long ovate leaves which turn yellow in autumn
Whip £22.50 each

BETULA ermanii

BETULA ermanii  >


Commonly known as: Erman's birch, Russian rock birch.
Trunk yellowish-white turning brownish yellow after peeling
Whip £25.00 each
H/Std £55.00 each
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BETULA 'Fascination'   AWARD

BETULA 'Fascination'  >


Commonly known as: Birch.
Peeling deep orange bark. Pyramidal shape. Leaves turn yellow in autumn
small £30.00 each
H/Std £55.00 each

BETULA nigra

BETULA nigra  >


Commonly known as: Black birch, River birch.
Purplish orange bark in more mature trees
H/Std £55.00 each

BETULA papyrifera

BETULA papyrifera  >


Commonly known as: Canoe birch, Paper birch.
white bark
H/Std £55.00 each
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BETULA pendula

BETULA pendula  >


Commonly known as: Common silver birch, Lady of the woods.
Multibuy
Pot grown individually £7.50 each, 10+ £6.00 each
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BETULA pendula 'Laciniata'  AWARD

BETULA pendula 'Laciniata'  >


Commonly known as: Swedish birch.
(syn. 'Dalecarlica') - daintily cut leaves and very pendulous branchlets although branches are not weeping
H/Std £55.00 each

BETULA pendula 'Tristis'  AWARD

BETULA pendula 'Tristis'  >


Commonly known as: Weeping birch.
tall tree with pendulous branches
H/Std £55.00 each

BETULA pendula 'Youngii'

BETULA pendula 'Youngii'  >


Commonly known as: Young's weeping birch.
small weeping tree with pendulous branches and usually no leading stem
H/Std £55.00 each

BETULA 'Royal Frost'

BETULA 'Royal Frost'  >


Commonly known as: Purple birch.
White stem, reddish leaves at first turning to a dramatic yellow in autumn
H/Std £55.00 each

BETULA utilis ssp. jacquemontii

BETULA utilis ssp. jacquemontii  >


Commonly known as: Himalayan birch.
Beautiful white bark especially when viewed in winter from a distance
Whip £25.00 each
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H/Std £55.00 each

BETULA utilis ssp. albosinensis 'China Rose'  AWARD

BETULA utilis ssp. albosinensis 'China Rose' >


Commonly known as: Chinese red-barked birch.
New form. More solid orange-red colouring to trunk
£35.00 each

BETULA utilis ssp. albosinensis 'Pink Champagne'

BETULA utilis ssp. albosinensis 'Pink Champagne' >


Commonly known as: Chinese red-barked birch.
Beautiful pale pink peeling bark softened with a white bloom. A slender tree with a spreading crown
Whip £25.00 each

BETULA utilis ssp. jacquemontii 'Grayswood Ghost'  AWARD

BETULA utilis ssp. jacquemontii 'Grayswood Ghost' >


Commonly known as: Birch.
Brillliant white bark and glossy leaves
Whip £25.00 each
H/Std £55.00 each

BETULA utilis ssp. jacquemontii 'Jermyns'  AWARD

BETULA utilis ssp. jacquemontii 'Jermyns' >


Commonly known as: Himalayan birch.
Snowy-white bark and showy yellow catkins 6 ins or longer
H/Std £55.00 each

 

BETULA utilis 'Wakehurst Place Chocolate'  >


Commonly known as: Birch.
Dark chocolate-brown bark
H/Std £55.00 each

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