Betula pendula is a graceful native tree, upright growing, the smaller branches becoming pendulous with age. The deciduous leaves are a diamond shape and hold a mid-green colour before turning yellow in autumn. Yellow to brown male catkins in appear in spring. White peeling bark which with age becomes ruggedly fissured and dark-grey, almost black, at the base.
The silver birch is an extremely popular tree which is widely planted for its highly ornamental white peeling bark. The ornamental bark gives this tree interest all year round, and it looks particularly effective in winter when the rest of the garden is dormant. Autumn sees the leaves fade to yellow before falling, when they again reveal the beautiful bark.
Common Name: Silver Birch Tree
Latin Name: Betula pendula
Soil: Will grow in most soils
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Flowering period/colour: March/Yellow to brown male catkins
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height and spread in 10 years: 6m
Special features: White peeling bark. (Deciduous)