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Betula pendula

Betula pendula

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Betula pendula, commonly known as the Silver Birch or European White Birch, is a graceful deciduous tree native to Europe and parts of Asia. It is celebrated for its elegant appearance, with distinctive silver-white bark and delicate, drooping branches. 

Silver Birch is a medium-sized to large tree that typically reaches heights of 40 to 60 feet (12 to 18 meters) or more. It has a slender, upright form with an airy canopy that casts dappled shade beneath its branches. One of its most iconic features is its striking bark, which is smooth, silvery-white, and often peels in thin, papery layers. The leaves of Betula pendula are small, triangular, and bright green, turning a vivid yellow in the fall before dropping. In the spring, the tree produces pendulous catkins that hang from the branches, releasing pollen or seeds depending on the gender of the catkin. The Silver Birch is a symbol of beauty and elegance in many landscapes.

Cultivation:

  1. Climate: Silver Birch is well-suited to temperate climates and thrives in regions with cold winters and mild summers. It can tolerate some heat but prefers cooler temperatures.

  2. Sunlight: Plant Betula pendula in a location that receives full sun to partial shade. It thrives in bright, direct sunlight but can tolerate some shade.

  3. Soil: Ensure well-draining, acidic to neutral soil with good organic content. Silver Birch is adaptable to various soil types, including loamy, sandy, and clayey soils.

  4. Watering: Water young trees regularly to establish a strong root system. Once established, Silver Birch is moderately drought-tolerant. Water deeply during dry periods, especially in the summer.

  5. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the tree to conserve soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weeds. Keep the mulch away from the trunk to prevent rot.

  6. Fertilization: Silver Birch usually doesn't require regular fertilization. However, if the soil is poor, you can apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring.

  7. Pruning: Prune Betula pendula as needed to remove dead or damaged branches and to shape the tree. Avoid heavy pruning, as this can stress the tree.

  8. Pests and Diseases: Silver Birch is generally resistant to many pests and diseases. However, it can occasionally be affected by aphids or birch leafminers. Inspect the tree regularly and treat infestations as needed.

  9. Propagation: Propagate Silver Birch from seeds or hardwood cuttings. Seeds should be collected from mature catkins, and cuttings should be taken in the winter from well-established branches.

Betula pendula, with its iconic white bark and graceful form, is a stunning addition to gardens and landscapes. It provides a touch of elegance and a sense of tranquility to outdoor spaces while also serving as a habitat for various wildlife species. With proper care, this tree can flourish and become a remarkable centerpiece in your garden.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated in title description.

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.

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