Betula pendula

12 lt pot (1.5-1.8m) £79.99
Delivered by mid September
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Betula pendula silver birch: Graceful white-barked tree

This tree is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or lightly dappled shade
  • Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: March
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Diamond-shaped, bright green leaves hang from graceful, pendent branches. It is a fast-growing tree with white, peeling bark that becomes marked with black, rugged cracks as it gets older. In spring, yellow-brown male catkins appear and in late autumn the foliage turns yellow before falling. It is one of the most widely used birches, grown for its narrow, conical shape and ability to grow in almost all soils and situations.

    All the Betulas we supply are single-stemmed, but they can be planted close together to create a multi-stemmed effect.

  • Garden care: Birches don’t 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 and mid-winter as the sap will 'bleed' heavily at other times. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake well.

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If I plant several silver birch trees very close together - say 0.5m will that restrict their final height?


Hello, Yes, it will as there will be less water, light and nutrients available to them.


Hello. How much water does this tree use. I can't seem to find sensible watering information anywhere on the web. Thanks


Hello, I'm afraid there are no hard and fast rules as it really depends on your soil type, the aspect that it is planted in, the weather, the age of the tree and a multitude of other things. If it is newly planted, it should be watered regularly, and the best way to tell if it needs water is to feel the soil (not just the surface). If it feels dry, then you should give the rootball a thorough soak and then let the soil get reasonably dry before repeating the process.


Hi, I have just moved into a new property and my garden is a blank canvas, my garden is also not very big. About 30ft by 25ft. I would love a silver birch but not sure if possible. Do you have any suggestions on possible trees, as I want to add height. The garden is south facing. Many thanks 😃


Hello, Betulas can get pretty big, so are probably not a good choice, but you could opt for any of the following... Sorbus vilmorinii Malus Profusion Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura'


How tall will a weeping silver birch be in 10 years? Also how many years after planting will the bark become white? Would it be suitable as a lawn tree in smallish very rural garden? Many thanks for any assistance.

dog lady

Hello there It is really hard to say how tall a Betula pendula will be in 10 years as the rate of growth depends on external factors such as where it is planted, water, nutrients, soil etc. but normally these trees are fast growing given the right conditions. However this is a large tree, - it grow to 25m x 10m eventually so not a tree we recommend for a small garden. It can take up to about 7years to have the white stems I have attached a link below to trees that are better suited to a small garden. Hope this helps.

How close can I plant three silver birch trees for screening


Hello, You can plant them really quite close together - say as close as 50cm.


Could you tell me the approximate height of the birch trees when it arrives? I can see what height it can grow to - but not its height now. Thank you


Hello there This betula in a 10lt pot will be approx 0.9-1.2m tall when delivered. Hope this helps.

Hello, I was looking at one of your birches the other day and a plant that was listed as 'goes well with' seems to have disappeared. It is a green 'ground cover' plant, which you described as something no garden should be without. I have seen it before and really like it but the name never seems to stick. It is low growing (maybe 30cms at most) quite bushy and brightish green. Grows in a clump, looks good alongside lavender. Thank you


Hello there I am not sure which plant it was that you saw, but I have attached a few links to some of the evergreen plants that are low growing that we have linked with the Betulas. Pachysandra terminalis Liriope muscari 'Monroe White' Asarum europaeum or I wonder if you are thinking of the perennial Alchemilla mollis Hope this helps

I have a Betula which I have allowed to develop feathery twigs and branches around the base of the trunk but now it is affecting the growth of another nearby plant and I would like to cut them back to the trunk. Can you let me know what time of year I can do this as I understand that doing this at the wrong time can kill the tree.


Hello, birches tend to 'bleed' heavily if cut at the wrong time of the year, so it is important to only prune them when they are completely dormant. The best time to tackle these lower branches then is from autumn to mid-winter. If they are interfering with surrounding plants now, then I would try to tie them up until they can be removed safely.


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 Kate


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 Doctor

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Are your Birches multi-stemmed? Could you tell me if your Birch trees are multi-stemmed or single-stemmed?


We only sell single-stemmed Betulas, but if you want a multi-stemmed effect, you can plant several of these young trees together.


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