BETULA pendula subsp. pendula 'Purpurea'

Commonly known as Purple birch

Pendent branchlets, purple-tinged bark and dark purple leaves
  • Deciduous
    Sharply toothed leaves to 6cm (2½in) long
  • Height
    10m (33ft)
  • Spread
    3m (10ft)
  • Tree
    Slender tree with pendent, warty branchlets. Bark turns silvery white with age. Yellow-brown male catkins to 6cm (2½in) long in early spring
  • Very hardy
    Hardy in the severest continental climates including exposed upland locations in the UK. Plant can withstand temperatures < -20 (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
    Dappled shade

BETULA pendula subsp. pendula 'Purpurea'

 

 

  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Wildlife plant - insects and birds
    Ornamental bark
    Pests & Diseases
    Birch borers, birch leaf mining sawfly, aphids, birch rust, mildew, honey fungus
    Place of origin
    Europe, Russia(western Siberia)
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept
    Slightly back from the sea with more shelter
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf Colour (if not green)
    Purple
  • Leaf margin
    Serrate
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Deltoid
    (see photos above)
    Ovate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable 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
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
    Wet or boggy soil
  • Tree Shape
    Conical
    Narrowly conical
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Bird friendly
    Rabbit Resistant
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10m (33ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  3m (10ft)
 

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