Betula pendula 'Youngii'

Young's weeping birch

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree


Colourful bark



Skill level


photo by Sarah Cuttle, copyright GAP Photos (23646)

Plant details

Young's weeping birch develops a dense mass of growth which clusters at the top of the trunk to form a dome- or mushroom-shaped tree with long, pendent, slender branches that often reach the ground. In its early stages it may need some formative pruning to transform an untidy tangle into a graceful cascade of foliage. Inner shaded twigs may die out and can be pruned as well. Growth can be rapid, up to 90cm (3ft) per year while young. It makes a fine specimen tree on a lawn, casting only light shade and sufficiently airy for bulbs to grow at its foot.

Family: Betulaceae

Genus: Betula

Species: pendula

Cultivar: Youngii

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful bark

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 900cm

Spread: 300cm

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