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Betula pendula 'Purpurea' Tree

Purple Birch Trees
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  • From £49.99 (ex VAT)

Betula pendula 'Pupurea', more commonly known as Purple Birch, is slightly less weeping in habit compared to other birch trees but still displays the typical silvery white bark, contrasting beautifully with rich, dark foliage making this variety an ideal feature tree. The serrated foliage emerges dark purple/red in spring then slowly turns to purple/dark green throughout the summer and finally bronze/purple tones appear in autumn. Young branches are also a deep purple and catkins appear in the spring.

This tree can be grown on most soils but it’s best to avoid very chalky soil. Betula Pupurea is slower growing than other birches but will still reach a height and spread of 6 x 3 metres in 20 years.

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AKA Purple leaved silver birch, Purple leaf birch, Betula pendula Purpurea

  • Common name: Purple birch
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 6 x 3 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Dark purple/red foliage in spring, turning to purple/dark green throughout the summer and bronze/purple leaves in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to all types except very chalky soils

Planting Advice for Betula Pendula Purpurea trees

When planting Birch trees, such as the Purple 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 Purple Birch 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 Pendula Purpurea 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.

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.

The product table 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). Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more information, 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

Plant Specification Supplied Size Form Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Betula pendula 'Purpurea' Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Root type: 10L pot Betula pendula 'Purpurea' Tree Price £49.99 (ex VAT)
150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree 10L pot £49.99 (ex VAT)
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Betula pendula 'Purpurea' Tree Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Form: Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth Root type: 20L pot Betula pendula 'Purpurea' Tree Price £149.99 (ex VAT)
approx 2.5-3.0m Standard Tree, 6-8cm girth 20L pot £149.99 (ex VAT)
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Betula pendula 'Purpurea' Tree Supplied Size: approx 2.5-3.0m Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Root type: 45L pot Betula pendula 'Purpurea' Tree Price £179.99 (ex VAT)
approx 2.5-3.0m Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth 45L pot £179.99 (ex VAT)
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Betula pendula 'Purpurea' Tree Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Root type: 55L pot Betula pendula 'Purpurea' Tree Price £219.99 (ex VAT)
approx 4.5-6.0m Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth 55L pot £219.99 (ex VAT)
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