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Downy birch

Downy Birch (Betula pubescens)

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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.

Our Plants For Sale

Like all our trees, our Downy birch plants are grown in the UK from UK origin seed.

Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery, RV Roger, British Hardwood Trees.


Your purchase of Downy Birch helps us support a range of charitieswhich are related to the products we sell.

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.


  • Ultimate Height


  • Ultimate Spread


  • Time to Ultimate Height

    Over 20 years


  • Type

    Clay, loam, sand, chalk

  • pH

    Neutral, acid, alkaline


  • Position

    Sheltered or exposed

  • Sunlight

    Full or partial sun