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Betula pendula Tree

Silver Birch Tree

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

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Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
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7.5L pot 100-150cm Clump £49.99 (ex. VAT)
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10L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (ex. VAT)
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45L pot approx 3.0-3.5m Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth £149.99 (ex. VAT)
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45L pot approx 3.0-3.5m Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth £169.99 (ex. VAT)
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55L pot approx 4.5-6.0m Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth £199.99 (ex. VAT)
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45L pot approx 3.0-3.5m Multi-stem £249.99 (ex. VAT)
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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). These trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in. You can give instructions on where to leave them via the checkout or email us (sales@ornamental-trees.co.uk).

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 help unloading the trees.

Gift trees and those required for arrival 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.

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.  Whether planting pot grown trees, prepare your planting site by removing 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 1.5x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise sprinkling root grow in the hole, 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 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. For further planting information, see our planting guide and videos.

Aftercare Advice for Betula pendula Trees

If you’re planting Silver Birch in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young 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 to help.

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.

One of the key features of many birch trees is the exfoliating white bark. To keep your birch 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 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.

Betula pendula Tree (Silver Birch Tree) Description

  • Common name: Silver birch
  • 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