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Betula Pendulla (Silver Birch)

Type Tree, Deciduous
Form Weeping or Cascading Foliage, Architectural Form
Size Medium Sized Tree (3 to 8m height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Betula Pendulla Description

This fast growing native medium sized tree, with its graceful columnular form is ideally suited to informal planting. With its distinctive white bark and fine weeping twigs birch also provides excellent winter interest.


Betula Pendulla - Cultivation Notes

Birch will grow on a variety of soils from dry sandy soils to heavy clays. Birch is especially tolerant of free draining sandy soils, and is fully hardy. Birch will not tolerate is heavy shade, being a woodland edge tree.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Betula Pendulla:

  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Betula Pendulla

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Betula Pendulla:

  • Added winter interest from attractive bark or stems

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Common Missspellings: Betulla, Betylias, Betulia, Bettulia, Betyoula