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Betula pendula Tree

Silver Birch Tree
  • From £59.99 (ex VAT)

Betula pendula (Silver Birch) is a popular native tree that makes an impact in any garden with its elegant silver bark and gracefully weeping branches. The silver bark develops contrasting dark fissures and cracks with age that add interest and make each tree unique. Betula pendula is also a favourite with wildlife.

The bright green leaves have a serrated edge and are ovate, almost triangular in shape. They provide an airy canopy and in autumn turn buttery yellow. Yellowy-brown catkins develop over winter, with both male and female form on the same tree. The seeds of which are enjoyed by Greenfinch, Redpoll and other birds.

Silver Birch will grow in even the toughest conditions. The tree itself has a conical shape and will grow to around 7 metres height and 4 metres spread in 20 years. It is ideal planted in gardens or parks where it provides gentle shade.

AKA Common Silver Birch, Native Birch, European White Birch, Lady birch, Betula alba pendula. Please note that some customers ask us for "white barked Silver Birch" and they are actually wanting Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis jacquemontii).

  • Common name: Silver Birch tree
  • Latin name: Betula pendula
  • Great for: Year round interest and UK native planting
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 7 x 4 metres
  • Bark: Silvery white bark develops fissures over time
  • Foliage: Deciduous green foliage turns yellow in autumn
  • Soil: Grows well in a wide range of soils
  • Position: Full sun or partial shade

Planting Advice for Betula pendula Trees

Our pot grown Silver Birch trees can be planted at any time of year. Being native to the UK, they are hardy and can grow well in full or partial sun, exposure and a range of soil types. Dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and roughly 2x as wide in your chosen location. Remove weeds and grass within a metre and to help the tree establish, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree.

We recommend planting single stems forms of Silver Birch tree with a stake and tie kit to anchor the roots. For our medium staking kits, insert the stake into the ground at an angle to avoid penetrating the rootmass.

Aftercare Advice for Betula pendula

When planting Silver Birch in spring or summer, water well for several months and increase watering if there are periods of hot or dry weather. For autumn planting, you may only need to water a little. Unlike other species, Silver Birch would rather be in wet soil than dry. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard. To keep the pearly silver bark on Betula pendula looking its best, you can wash algae off using a garden hose or a sponge with slightly soapy water.

Pruning Advice for Betula pendula

Established Silver Birch trees do not require pruning and do not take well to hard pruning. Hard pruning increases 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 in late summer to mid-winter. Silver Birch trees bleed heavily at other times of year, especially late winter.

Covid-19: We're pleased to announce that we are back up and running in line with government advice. We have a bit of a backlog of orders and are catching up as we write. Please expect a slightly longer lead time of around 2 – 3 weeks (excludes pre-order and mature trees). Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £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 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

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

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland 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.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is 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 for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

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.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

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.

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.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

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

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

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 branches of the 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 Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Betula pendula Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: 120-150cm Root type: 12L pot Betula pendula Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem 120-150cm 12L pot £59.99 (ex VAT)
Betula pendula Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Betula pendula Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £59.99 (ex VAT)
Betula pendula Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 28L pot Betula pendula Price £149.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 28L pot £149.99 (ex VAT)
Betula pendula Form: Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 45L pot Betula pendula Price £159.99 (ex VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot £159.99 (ex VAT)
Betula pendula Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 45L pot Betula pendula Price £179.99 (ex VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 45L pot £179.99 (ex VAT)
Betula pendula Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 55L pot Betula pendula Price £219.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot £219.99 (ex VAT)
Betula pendula Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot Betula pendula Price £259.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot £259.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)