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, but is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. The graceful silver limbs of the Silver Birch hold small leaves, which give dappled shade and yellow in the autumn.
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 colonizer of open sites on acidic soils, and still coppiced for besoms and brushwood horse jumps.
Provenance certificates are available on request for the smaller size Silver Birch trees, which are from the Southwest of England.
Smaller Sizes Supplier: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
Standards Supplier: R.V.Roger
50% of our profit on sales of Silver 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 Silver Birch trees.
Our Silver Birch 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.