A full standard, deciduous tree with a trunk which is usually upright right to the top, surrounded by light branches that fall gracefully at the ends The tree itself is native to Europe and Asia, even reaching the mountains of Turkey, the Caucasus and Northern Iran. In the first 2-3 years the bark is a greyish-brown but becomes chalk white and flakes off in thin stripes. The leaves are long and pale green but a beautiful yellow in the autumn. The tree flowers in March-April – brownish-yellow hanging catkins. This is a very hardy tree, will adapt to all types of soil and tolerates extreme conditions of drought and humidity. A fast grower suitable for all gardens, effective on its own or in groups. It has an extremely high tolerance to cold at H7 so only in extreme situations must be shelter it. Pests and diseases can be problematic so take when maintaining. Pruning group 1 is recommended for this plant. Final height is 12m (39 ft) and final width is 8m (26 ft). Could potentially grow bigger so keep an eye out for this.
Latin Name: Betula Pendula
English Name: Silver Birch
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Flowering Period: Spring
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-drained, Moist but well-drained. Loam, Sand, Chalk, Clay
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight or Partial Shade
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered or Exposed
Hardiness Rating: High (H7)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -25°C to -15 °C (-13 °F to 5 °F)
Growth Habit: Pendulous/Weeping
Cultivation: Will grow in a wide range of situations. Effective when planted in small groups or as a multi-stemmed specimen
Propagation: Propagate by seed, softwood cuttings or grafting
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Low Maintenance Wildlife Gardens
Pruning: Pruning group 1
Pests: Sawflies, aphids and leaf- mining sawflies may be a problem
Diseases: A rust and a leaf spot may be a problem
Final Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Final Spread: 8 m (26 ft)
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