Silver Birch (Betula pendula)
Silver Birch, Betula pendula, is a pretty and valuable fast growing tree, although only living for up to 80 years. Like Downy Birch, Silver Birch supports over a hundred insect species and its massive numbers of seeds attract birds, including redpolls. It prefers full sun, typically of a pioneer species, and likes light dry soil conditions. The graceful silver limbs of the Betula pendula hold small leaves, which give dappled shade and yellow in the autumn. For good reason did Coleridge describe it as "most beautiful/Of forest trees, the Lady of the Woods."
The huge birch and pine forest in the Highlands following the last Ice Age has now disappeared, but Silver Birch is still widely distributed in Britain. It is a rapid and efficient coloniser of open sites on acidic soils, seeding freely, and tolerates harsh conditions. These include urban sites, where it flourishes. It's still coppiced for besoms and brushwood horse jumps, and its wood used for plywood.
Provenance certificates are available on request for the smaller size Silver Birch trees, which are from the Southwest of England.
Silver Birch Supplier: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
Standards Supplier: R.V.Roger
Your purchase helps us support a range of charities, which 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 trees.
Our Betula pendula trees 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 weeks delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders placed for Silver Birch between March and October are confirmed for dispatch from November.