The Silver Birch is also known as the “Lady of the Woods” – so called because of its slender and graceful appearance.
It is a pioneer species and particularly admired in the UK. Even though it seemingly grows anywhere it is remarkably difficult to successfully transplant bare rooted however our containerised trees counter this trend.
A group of three silver birches that we supplied were planted in Stamford Lincolnshire in 2005 and have grown from 12-14cm girth to 20-25cm girth in three years!
A medium tree with a conical but semi weeping habit the bark is white with horizontal lines and large diamond shaped cracks as the tree matures.
Very good for parks and woodland but not suitable for areas where soil becomes compacted.
It grows well on most soils and we grow it as both a single stemmed tree and a multi stemmed tree.
The clonal selection ‘Zwisters Glory’ is reliably white stemmed and more upright in habit. It is vigorous in its younger years and may represent a better choice for the urban environment.
Mature height: 12-17m
Mature spread: 8-10m