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Betula pendula, size Medium, on our nursery in autumn
Betula pendula, size Medium, on our nursery in autumn
Peeling bark of Betula pendula
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Foliage and emerging catkin on Betula pendula
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Mature Betula pendula in early autumn
Stems of Betula pendula planted in groves
Betula pendula bark shown on our nursery in during summer
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Betula pendula

Silver Birch

Estimated fully grown height 12-17m

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Product Details

This tree is also known as “The Lady of the Woods”, due to its graceful and slender appearance. Betula pendula is a pioneer species, and even though it seems to grow everywhere in the UK, it is very difficult to transplant bare rooted, however our containerised trees counter this trend and do very well post planting.

Betula pendula has foliage that is small and plentiful and a conical and semi weeping crown shape, responsible for its graceful appearance. Like all Birch trees, Betula pendula has an attractive bark which is creamy white and develops horizontal lines and large, diamond shaped cracks as the tree matures.

This large and vigorous birch tree grows well on most soils but is not well suited to areas where the soil becomes compacted.

At Barcham we stock "Betula pendula" as both a multi-stem and single trunk tree which may be useful for slightly more exposed sites as their centre of gravity is much lower.

Betula pendula is a woodland tree which requires plenty of space to grow; it is suitable for parklands and large gardens and is especially suited to schemes which are aiming for an ornamental feel with a native focus.

Mature height: 12-17m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Garden, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Looks good in
Autumn, Winter,
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Clay, Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Autumn colour,
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
Information flags
Bark interest, Good for bees, Native,

Planting Video

Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

Get a quote for delivery for your county here.

Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.