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Downy Birch

Betula pubescens

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Downy Birch, Betula pubescens, looks like Silver Birch, but has a darker trunk and its shoots are covered in soft white hairs. It does well in the cold and wet, rather than the Silver Birch's preference for dry conditions. Like it, however, Betula pubescens supports over a hundred insect species and its seeds attract birds, including the redpolls. See below for more details.


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This item has seasonality November-March and will only be shipped during this time.

Growth

After 10 yrs

6m (height) x 3m (width)

At Maturity

30m (height) x 8m (width)

Downy Birch (Betula pubescens)

Downy Birch, Betula pubescens, is an attractive and valuable tree, although short lived. It looks similar to Silver Birch, but has a darker trunk and its shoots are covered in soft white hairs. It does well in the cold and wet, rather than the Silver Birch's preference for dry conditions. Like it, though, Betula pubescens supports over a hundred insect species and its seeds attract birds, including Redpolls. The birch was one of the first colonisers after the last ice age; its fine windblown seed can travel vast distances and the young trees grow very quickly. Downy Birch is common throughout Britain, though mostly found naturally in the North West.


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Provenance certificates are available on request for these trees, which are from the Southwest of England.
Supplier: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
50% of our profit on sales of Downy Birch trees is donated to The Tree Council

Please note that standard sizes relate to tree girths in cm. See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting Downy Birch trees.

See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting. These plants are all bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March ( please ask if you are interested in pot grown plants). During the lifting season there may be up to two weekss delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders for Downy Birch placed between March and October are confirmed for dispatch from November.