Birch, Lady of the Woods, Silver Birch

  • Betula pendula multi-stem at Barcham Trees

    Betula pendula multi-stem

  • Catkins of the Betula pendula

    Catkins of the Betula pendula

  • Betula pendula on the Barcham Trees nursery

    Betula pendula on the Barcham Trees nursery

  • Betula pendula on the nursery at Barcham Trees

    Betula pendula on the nursery at Barcham Trees

  • Betula pendula

    Betula pendula

  • A row of Betula pendula on the nursery in Autumn

    A row of Betula pendula on the nursery in Autumn

  • Betula pendula multi-stem as a mature specimen

    Betula pendula multi-stem as a mature specimen

Betula pendula

Betula pendula on the Barcham Trees nursery

Betula pendula on the Barcham Trees nursery

Betula pendula

The Silver Birch is also known as the “Lady of the Woods” – so called because of its slender and graceful appearance.

It is a pioneer species and particularly admired in the UK. Even though it seemingly grows anywhere it is remarkably difficult to successfully transplant bare rooted however our containerised trees counter this trend.

A group of three silver birches that we supplied were planted in Stamford Lincolnshire in 2005 and have grown from 12-14cm girth to 20-25cm girth in three years!

A medium tree with a conical but semi weeping habit the bark is white with horizontal lines and large diamond shaped cracks as the tree matures.

Very good for parks and woodland but not suitable for areas where soil becomes compacted.

It grows well on most soils and we grow it as both a single stemmed tree and a multi stemmed tree.

Multi stemmed trees are particularly useful when planted on elevated or exposed ground as they have a low centre of gravity and need no staking.

Our multi stemmed birch is grown as true single plant coppices not three or four plants bundled together in a pot that can lead to issues further down the line.

The clonal selection ‘Zwisters Glory’ is reliably white stemmed and more upright in habit. It is vigorous in its younger years and may represent a better choice for the urban environment.

Mature heights and crown spread can vary depending on environmental conditions

Mature height: 15-20m

Mature spread: 8-12m