BETULA pendula

Commonly known as Common silver birch, Lady of the woods

  • Deciduous
    sharply-toothed, mid-green leaves to 6cm (2½in) long turn yellow in autumn.
  • Height
    25m (80ft)
  • Spread
    10m (33ft)
  • Tree
    Tree with pendent, warty branches and peeling white bark. Yellow-brown male catkins 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

 
Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Pot grown individually £9.50 each , 10+ £9.00 each 
Delivery Information Estimated availability autumn 2022
plant size comparison icon 2 to 3 Litre

 

  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Our native birch. Excellent wildlife plant for insects and birds.
    Medicinal properties
    Wine 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 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 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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25m (80ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)
 

Buy Varieties of BETULA pendula

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BETULA pendula 'Laciniata'

BETULA pendula 'Laciniata'

Swedish birch

(syn. 'Dalecarlica') - daintily cut leaves and very pendulous branchlets although branches are not weeping

 
H/Std
£70.00 each 
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Available again from SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2022 - Despatch will take place anytime between early September through to late October as stock becomes available.
BETULA pendula subsp. pendula 'Purpurea'

BETULA pendula subsp. pendula 'Purpurea'

Purple birch

pendent branchlets, purple-tinged bark and dark purple leaves

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£20.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
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BETULA pendula 'Tristis'

BETULA pendula 'Tristis'

Weeping birch

tall tree with pendulous branches

 
H/Std
£70.00 each 
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Available again from SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2022 - Despatch will take place anytime between early September through to late October as stock becomes available.
BETULA pendula 'Youngii'

BETULA pendula 'Youngii'

Young's weeping birch

small weeping tree with pendulous branches and usually no leading stem

 
H/Std
£70.00 each 
Notify me when this plant is available to order
Available again from SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2022 - Despatch will take place anytime between early September through to late October as stock becomes available.

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