Betula pendula 'Youngii'
Young's weeping birch
- Position: full sun or lightly dappled shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: March
- Flower colour: yellowy-brown male catkins
- Other features: one of the best trees for a small garden
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Weeping branches with diamond-shaped bright green leaves, which turn yellow in autumn. In early spring the tree is covered in attractive yellowy-brown catkins. This low, domed shaped tree has a peeling white trunk which gives interest to the garden all year round. A very popular tree for all gardens.
All the Betulas we supply are single-stemmed, but they can be planted close together to creat a multi-stemmed effect.
- Garden care: Birches dont need much pruning, but you may want to remove any diseased or crossing branches. It is essential that any pruning work is carried out between late summer to mid winter as the sap will 'bleed' heavily at other times. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting and stake well.
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Q:Hello I have seen a weeping birch in a large patio pot in a garden centre. Is this ok to do long term or will the tree become root bound??
AJAsked on 7/14/2013 by Cuckoo from Leicestershire
If planted out, these plants can grow up to 8m high and 6m wide, so they do get pretty big. Having said that, they usually do quite well in really large pots for several years if they are kept well fed and watered. They will however eventually want to be planted out in the ground.Answered on 7/15/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Fast growing tree for screening
Hi Can you advise me please? I am looking for a tree to break-up the view of the rear of a neighbours' house. Eventual height would be around 15 - 18m. I'd prefer it to be taller rather than very wide spreading. I am thinking about one of your Silver Birch trees as we already have a lovely very large specimen in our garden. My only reservation is that we will need to plant it within a couple of metres of a garden wall and I don't want the roots to become a problem in the future. Not sure what kind of soil we have but we are a mile or so from the coast (Merseyside) so guess slightly sandy! The position is partial sun. Ideally I am looking for something that will have some impact quite quickly i.e. by next summer. Any suggestions? Am I on the right track with a Silver Birch? How much could I expect it to grow within a year? Also, when is the best time for planting? Thanks in advance KateAsked on 10/26/2009 by Kate
A:Hello Kate, Silver birches are lovely, but anything that grows to 15m tall, will produce a substantial root system that may cause damage to footings eventually. This however is usually much less of a problem in sandy soils as it is in heavy clays as the sand will give way to the roots. Most Betulas are fast growing, but how much they grow in a certain year will be determined by a number of factors including the available water, light and nutrients. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 10/26/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Are your Birches multi-stemmed?
Could you tell me if your Birch trees are multi-stemmed or single-stemmed?Asked on 8/11/2006 by Gavin
A:We only sell single-stemmed Betulas, but if you want a multi-stemmed effect, you can plant several of these young trees together.Answered on 8/14/2006 by Crocus
Q:Does the Betula have white bark?
I am interested in ordering a Betula pendula 'Youngii' tree, as we would like a weeping tree with a white bark. However I have been told that this tree did not have white bark - indeed, it has browny/red bark. Does the youngii have white bark?Asked on 3/14/2006 by Jane Bates
A:The Betula pendula 'Youngii' we sell on our site will eventually have white, fissured bark, but it usually takes several years to develop, so the young trees do have a brownish bark.Answered on 3/16/2006 by Crocus
Q:What can I use as a centrepiece in my bed?
I'm looking for a small ornamental tree or shrub for a centrepiece, ideally with with flowers or pretty foliage. Can you give me any ideas??Asked on 5/2/2005 by David Poulter
A:There are some wonderful plants that would be suitable - here are some of my favourites. Prunus Amanogawa http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4640&CategoryID=7 Arbutus unedo http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=78419&CategoryID=7 Malus floribunda http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4584&CategoryID= Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4594&CategoryID= Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4651&CategoryID= Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4643&CategoryID= Betula pendula 'Youngii' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=358&CategoryID= Sorbus cashmiriana http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4726&CategoryID= Amelanchier lamarckii http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=257&CategoryID= Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=138&CategoryID= Useful articles: http://www.crocus.co.uk/plantdoctor/trees/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/feature/plantingtrees/Answered on 5/4/2005 by Crocus
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