Betula pendula, or the Common Silver Birch tree, is native to the UK and has white bark which develops diamond shaped cracks towards the base as it matures.
This tree is also known as “The Lady of the Woods”, due to its graceful and slender appearance. Betula pendula is a pioneer species, and even though it seems to grow everywhere in the UK, it is very difficult to transplant bare rooted, however our containerised trees counter this trend and do very well post planting.
Betula pendula has foliage that is small and plentiful and a conical and semi weeping crown shape, responsible for its graceful appearance. Like all Birch trees, Betula pendula has an attractive bark which is creamy white and develops horizontal lines and large, diamond shaped cracks as the tree matures.
This large and vigorous birch tree grows well on most soils but is not well suited to areas where the soil becomes compacted.
At Barcham we stock "Betula pendula" as both a multi-stem and single trunk tree and also with differing crown heights; the feathered specimens have branches which come most of the way down the stem. At Barcham, our multi-stem forms are true coppices, rather than 3 or 4 plants in a pot, this is something to be wary of; multiple trees grown to form a multi-stem are unlikely to thrive in the long term.
Multi-stemmed birch trees are particularly useful in exposed conditions, as the centre of gravity is much lower to the ground, which reduces the likelihood of physical damage from the whipping of the stems in the wind.
Betula pendula is a true woodland tree which requires plenty of space to grow; it is suitable for parklands and large gardens and is especially suited to schemes which are aiming for an ornamental feel with a native focus. If you require a smaller Silver Birch, we do produce a couple of extremely weeping clones which are more suited to smaller gardens, such as Betula pendula Youngii.
Mature height: 20m+
|Common Name(s)||:||Birch, Lady of the Woods, Silver Birch|
|Tree Type||:||Deciduous Broad Leaf|
|Tree Features||:||Autumn Colour, Coloured Bark, Small Leaves, Fissured Bark, Yellow Catkins|
|Seasons of Interest||:||Summer Interest, Winter Interest|
|Soil Type||:||Acidic Soil, Clay Soil, Alkaline Soil, Chalk Soil, Dry Soil|
|Mature Size||:||Medium to Large (15-20m)|
|Tree uses||:||Woodland Sites, Garden, Cold Exposed Sites, Light Sandy Sites, Avenue Trees, Parkland Trees|
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