Originating in the early 1870s, this small to medium weeping birchhas no defined central leader and therefore eventually forms an attractive dome shape. Sometimes produced top worked to get the initial height, we prefer to grow a structurally stronger plant from the base and draw up a leader until we have formed a 1.8-2 metre clear stem that can support the crown thereafter.
The thin branches eventually reach the ground and the serrated, triangular leaves show good autumn colour. It develops a smooth white bark and is an attractive specimen tree for lawns. It grows well on most soils and has been a great favourite in the UK for many years.
Mature height; 3-7m
Mature spread; 3-6m