Betula pubescens, size Medium, on our nursery
Betula pubescens, size Medium, on our nursery
Autumn colour in the canopy of Betula pubescens
Betula pubescens during the summer on our nursery
Medium Betula alba, White Birch, Downy Birch, Moor Birch, European White Birch, Hairy Birch from this batch
Instant Betula alba, White Birch, Downy Birch, Moor Birch, European White Birch, Hairy Birch from this batch

Betula pubescens

Betula alba, White Birch, Downy Birch, Moor Birch, European White Birch, Hairy Birch

Estimated fully grown height 17-22m

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Product Details

Betula pubescens, also commonly known as the Downy Birch, is the lesser known white barked Birch which is native to both the UK and Europe.

Like all Birch, this tree has an attractive bark which is a dull white and peels with age, it is distinguishable from Betula pendula in that it is duller in colour and does not exhibit the dark diamond shaped cracks on the bark.  As the common name suggests, the Downy Birch, has downy shoots and small ovate leaves which have a serrated edge.  Catkins are produced early in the spring before the leaves emerge.

Betula pubescens prefers a damper soil than Betula pendula and is therefore more generally found towards the West of the UK, yet is a tough contender and will tolerate most soil conditions.

As a mature tree this specimen is more compact than Betula pendula, forming a more pyramidal shape than its relation.  It is a great choice for damper parklands and estates and is useful in creating copses with a naturalised look.

Mature height: 17-22m

Tree Specification

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

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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.

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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.