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Betula pendula

Silver birch

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Key information

Plant type

Native tree

Feature

Colourful bark, Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Betula pendula

Plant details

The plain silver or common birch, sometimes called 'the lady of the woods' because of its outstanding elegance, is a great landscape feature, especially in autumn and while still young - older trees can become enormous, but without dominating or shading the garden too much. When planted 60cm (2ft) apart, the trees make a fine hedge, or may be grown 2.4m (8ft) apart as a screen or windbreak, which can be trimmed each winter. Growth is upright, later slightly weeping, especially the young outer stems - trim shoots off the trunk to reveal the attractive bark. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Betulaceae

Genus: Betula

Species: pendula

Plant type: Native tree

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Colourful bark, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 2500cm

Spread: 1000cm


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