Betula pendula Tree

Silver Birch Tree
  • From £59.99 (inc VAT)

Betula pendula (Silver Birch) is a classic, native tree that can make a great impact in any garden with its elegant silver bark and gracefully weeping branches. The silvery white bark develops dark, almost black fissures and cracks with age that add interest. The small, bright-green leaves have a serrated edge and provide an airy, light canopy. Yellowy-brown catkins appear in the spring and foliage turns buttery yellow in the autumn.

Known commonly as Silver Birch, the tree itself has a conical shape and will grow in even the toughest conditions. Expect a 20 year height and spread of 7 x 4 metres. It is ideal planted in gardens or parks where it provides gentle shade.

Please note that some customers ask us for "white barked Silver Birch" and they are actually wanting Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis jacquemontii).

AKA European white birch, Common birch, Lady of the woods, Common silverbirch, Lady birch, Native birch, Betula pendula, Betula alba pendula

  • Common name: Silver birch
  • Latin name: Betula pendula
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 7 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn
  • Foliage: Green foliage and yellow/brown catkins in spring, 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 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, we advise sprinkling 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 Silver 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 Advice for Betula pendula 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 Silver 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 silver 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 Advice for Betula pendula Trees

Established Silver 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 in late summer to mid-winter. Birch trees bleed heavily at other times of 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 Tree Form: Pruned & Shaped Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Betula pendula Tree Price £59.99 (inc VAT)
Pruned & Shaped Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £59.99 (inc VAT)
Betula pendula Tree Form: Clump Supplied Size: 100-150cm Root type: 7.5L pot Betula pendula Tree Price £59.99 (inc VAT)
Clump 100-150cm 7.5L pot £59.99 (inc VAT)
Betula pendula Tree Form: Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot Betula pendula Tree Price £179.99 (inc VAT)
Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot £179.99 (inc VAT)
Betula pendula Tree Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot Betula pendula Tree Price £203.99 (inc VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot £203.99 (inc VAT)
Betula pendula Tree Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 55L pot Betula pendula Tree Price £239.99 (inc VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot £239.99 (inc VAT)
Betula pendula Tree Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: approx 3.0-3.5m Root type: 45L pot Betula pendula Tree Price £299.99 (inc VAT)
Multi-stem approx 3.0-3.5m 45L pot £299.99 (inc VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)