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Commonly known as Common silver birch, Lady of the woods
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Deciduous - diamond-shaped, 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)
Partial shade - dappled shade.
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.
Pests & Diseases - birch borers, birch leaf mining sawfly, aphids, birch rust, mildew, honey fungus
Place of origin - Europe, Russia(western Siberia)
Garden Location/Conditions - Bog garden
Hardiness - Fully hardy
Seasonal Interest - Autumn
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil
Wet or boggy soil
Tree Shape - Conical - narrowly conical
Wildlife - Bee friendly
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Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Vermin & Pest Control
Essential small tree protection from vermin and strimming. This pack includes 5 x 90cm canes and 5 x 90cm spiral guards. Includes instructions.
Slate Plant Labels
These wonderfully tactile natural slate plant labels are hand made in Cornwall and come with a chalk pen. Just stick them in your pot or border. Pack of 6.
Slate Tie-on Plant Labels
Hand made in Cornwall, these delightful natural slate labels are perfect for pots. Comes with chalk pen. Pack of 5