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Betula Pendula Purpurea Tree

Purple Birch Trees

from From £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £59.99 (ex. VAT) inc. 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

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Betula Pendula Purpurea Tree Betula Pendula Purpurea Tree
10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped £49.99 (ex. VAT) New batch ready July 2017
Betula Pendula Purpurea Tree Betula Pendula Purpurea Tree
20L pot 2.5 - 3.0m Standard Tree approx 6-8cm girth £149.99 (ex. VAT)
Betula Pendula Purpurea Tree Betula Pendula Purpurea Tree
45L pot 2.5 - 3.0m Heavy Standard Tree approx 12-14cm girth £179.99 (ex. VAT)
Betula Pendula Purpurea Tree Betula Pendula Purpurea Tree
55L pot 4.5 - 6.0m Extra Heavy Standard Tree, approx 14-16cm girth £219.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver and this takes a bit of scheduling.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge. Although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

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

Smaller trees/bushes have a delivery charge of £7.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Medium trees of a height of 1.5-2 metres have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Orders for multiple trees have a single delivery cost of £12.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands).

Mature trees and pleached trees are more expensive to deliver. Cost varies by postcode and is calculated in the check out process. You can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost, so if you are purchasing a good number of trees it works out to be economical.

Highlands and Islands charges start from £29.95 plus vat and are calculated in the check out process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Overseas Destinations

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 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.

Betula Pendula Purpurea Tree (Purple Birch Trees) Description

  • 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