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Silver Birch

The classic silver birch tree looks at home in most gardens

A well known native tree with swaying, drooping branches and a peeling white bark. In spring the tree has male and female yellow catkins followed by diamond shaped mid-green leaves.

Where?

Perfect in large gardens and woodland areas and it will grow in sun or shade and attract wildlife to the garden.

How?

Plant in moist but well-drained soil. It will tolerate most soil types.

The wood of the silver birch can be used for furniture making and it is a native to Britain.

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 1200 cm - 1500 cm
Plant width 800 cm - 850 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 190 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Wildlife garden

Typically available

From February to September