Betula pendula 'Dark Prince' Tree

Weeping Purple Birch Trees
  • £49.99 (ex VAT)

Betula pendula 'Dark Prince' is a deciduous weeping birch with rich, dark foliage that works as a lovely contrast to the whitening bark. The foliage is purple with a bronze tint and is accompanied by brown catkins in spring and summer. In autumn, the catkins fall but the colour remains.

Like all birch trees, this variety prefers moist soil and is ideal for planting near ponds or streams. Although fairly slow growing, Weeping Purple Birch has a good pendulous habit and reaches an eventual height and spread of 6 x 4 metres after 20 years.

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AKA Purple leafed Birch, Purple Weeping Birch

  • Common name: Purple birch white stem
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 6 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Foliage: Purple foliage with a bronze tint spring through to autumn, brown catkins in spring
  • Soil: Suited to all soil types but grows best in moist conditions

Planting Advice for Betula pendula Dark Prince Trees

Our pot grown Weeping Purple Birch trees can be planted at any time of the year, whereas bare root Birch trees need to be planted between November and March. Remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole (for pot grown trees).

Gently loosen the tree roots and place into the 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. Plant Purple Birch trees using a stake and tie kit (unless it's a multi stem form) to make sure the roots are well anchored. If your area is prone to rabbits, we advise using a rabbit guard. See our planting guide and videos for further information.

Aftercare of Betula pendula Dark Prince Trees

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young Weeping Purple Birch trees 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 stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. To keep the white bark on this Birch looking its best, you can wash it using a pressure washer (on a gentle setting), garden hose or slightly soapy water.

Pruning Betula pendula Dark Prince Trees

Established Purple 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.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

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 assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please 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 1.5-2 metres in height) 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, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

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 to see if we can find a solution.

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

The product table below gives the sizes and forms offered for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary slightly).

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Betula pendula 'Dark Prince' Tree Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Betula pendula 'Dark Prince' Tree Price £49.99 (ex VAT) 0
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT) Out of stock | Email me when back in stock
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)