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Betula pendula Tree

Silver Birch Tree
  • From £69.99 (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
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 7 x 4 metres
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Seasons of interest: Year round
  • Environmental benefits: Native to UK, food for insects and birds
  • 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 including chalk
  • 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. For our medium staking kits, insert the stake into the ground at an angle to avoid penetrating the rootmass. Finish by watering generously around the base.

Aftercare Advice for Betula pendula

Silver Birch require a good watering regime for a couple of years to establish. Water well and regularly through spring and summer, increasing in hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Unlike many species, Birch prefer wet soil than dry. Irrigation kits make it easier.

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 silver bark looking its best, you can wash algae off using water and a sponge.

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.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

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

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery 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. *Pot sizes may vary. 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: 150-200cm Root type: 12L pot* Betula pendula Price £69.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem 150-200cm 12L pot* £69.99 (ex VAT)
Betula pendula Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot* Betula pendula Price £69.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 10L pot* £69.99 (ex VAT)
Betula pendula Form: Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.5m Root type: 28L pot* Betula pendula Price £159.99 (ex VAT)
Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 28L pot* £159.99 (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 £179.99 (ex VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.5-4.5m 45L pot* £179.99 (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 £199.99 (ex VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 45L pot* £199.99 (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 £239.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot* £239.99 (ex VAT)
Betula pendula Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: approx 3.5-4.0m Root type: 45L pot* Betula pendula Price £309.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem approx 3.5-4.0m 45L pot* £309.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)