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Betula ermanii 'Polar Bear' Tree

Erman's Birch Trees

from From £54.99 (ex. VAT)
( £65.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

The bark of Betula 'Polar Bear' develops its stunning white complexion at a young age and is said to look like a magnificent polar bear due to its impressive branches. More commonly known as Erman’s birch trees, they will grow to 6 x 4 metres in 20 years and are suited to exposed inland sites.

The Polar Bear tree is tolerant of most except extreme soil types and will do well in sunny to partly shaded spots. The foliage is dark green and emerges alongside long attractive yellow/brown catkins in the Spring. The glorious yellow autumn colours that emerge compliment the white exfoliating bark making Betula ermanii 'Polar Bear' a beautiful year round, feature tree. 

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AKA  Ermins Birch, Ermans Birch, Betula ermanii

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12L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £54.99 (ex. VAT)
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Please note: Sunday 17th December is the last order date for Christmas delivery (excludes pleached and mature trees which have an earlier deadline).

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team. Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order, with many being despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours. To be on the safe side allow up to 10 working days for despatch. These trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your delivery. You can give instructions on where to leave it via the checkout or send us an email (sales@ornamental-trees.co.uk).

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs help unloading the trees.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

 

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees with a height of 1.5-2 metres) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

 

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Betula Ermanii Polar Bear trees

When planting Birch trees, such as the Erman's Birch tree, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown birch trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 1.5x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. We highly recommend planting birch trees using a stake and tie kit to make sure the roots are well anchored. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Betula Polar Bear trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. Unlike other species, birch trees would rather be in wet soil than dry. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.
One of the key features of many birch trees is the exfoliating white bark. To keep your tree looking its best you can wash the bark, using a pressure washer (on a gentle setting); garden hose or slightly soapy water.

Pruning Advice for Betula Ermanii Polar Bear trees

Established birch trees do not require pruning and they do not take well to hard pruning. Hard pruning leads to increased light penetration of the roots which in turn results in increased soil temperature and decreased moisture levels. Simply remove the lateral shoots to maintain a clear trunk and prune any diseased or damaged branches. Pruning should be carried out in late summer to mid-winter. Birch trees bleed heavily at all other times of the year, especially late winter.

Betula ermanii 'Polar Bear' Tree (Erman's Birch Trees) Description

  • Common name: Erman's birch tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 6 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Dark greens leaves in the spring that turn yellow in the autumn with year round white bark
  • Soil: Suited to most soils and is tolerant of drought and wetter soils