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Deciduoussharply-toothed, mid-green leaves to 6cm (2½in) long turn yellow in autumn.
TreeTree with pendent, warty branches and peeling white bark. Yellow-brown male catkins 6cm (2½in) long in early spring.
Very hardyHardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
Partial shadeDappled shade.
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Additional FeaturesGood to knowOur native birch. Excellent wildlife plant for insects and birds.Medicinal propertiesWine from the sap was used as a medicine. Tar oil from the bark is used for skin conditions and compounds are being researched for anti-cancer properties.Ornamental barkPests & DiseasesBirch borers, birch leaf mining sawfly, aphids, birch rust, mildew, honey fungusPlace of originEurope, Russia(western Siberia)
Garden Location/ConditionsCoastal / windsweptSlightly back from the sea with more shelter
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Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soilWet or boggy soil
Tree ShapeConicalNarrowly conical
WildlifeBee friendlyBird friendlyRabbit Resistant
- How to plant a tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
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- Ties - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Restaking fallen young trees - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Fallen old tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Clearing up fallen beech tree - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring pruning - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing side shoots - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Pruning and Shaping Magnolia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Deer protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Weed Spraying - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing Ivy - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing wire protection - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Tree Survey - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Crown uplift - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing shoots below graft - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Removing peeling bark - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Maintaining variegation - Video Tip ondemand_video
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(syn. 'Dalecarlica') - daintily cut leaves and very pendulous branchlets although branches are not weeping
pendent branchlets, purple-tinged bark and dark purple leaves
tall tree with pendulous branches
small weeping tree with pendulous branches and usually no leading stem