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Silver birch (Hedging)

Betula pendula

Hardy Tree

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Always attractive in a native hedging scheme, the Silver Birch is not one to be overlooked! The delicate stems and twigs of this beautiful tree make for a dense screen in winter when bare, or in summer when they are covered in leaves. Brown catkins will hang down in late spring and early summer too adding extra interest and the silver/white coloured bark is of course what the tree is famous for! Supplied as 60 - 90cm bareroots (24 - 31") Height: 12m (39'). Spread: 8m (26'). Planting Distance: 30cm (12"). (4 plants per metre for a single line hedge).

Height Up to 1200cm (472in)
Spread Up to 800cm (315in)

Hardy Tree

hedgeslow maintenance gardenwoodland garden

sun or semi shade

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Flowering Months


1 rootrainer plug hedging plant (KC7129)
3 rootrainer plug hedging plants (KC7271)
10 bare root hedging plants (Supplied 60-90cm (24-31in) in height) (T70349P)
50 bare root hedging plants (Supplied 60-90cm (24-31in) in height) (T74588P)
1 bare root hedging plant (Supplied 60-90cm (24-31in) in height) (70348)
25 bare root hedging plants (Supplied 60-90cm (24-31in) in height) (KB0049)
100 bare root hedging plants (T74589P)
250 bare root hedging plants (T74578P)
500 bare root hedging plants (T74579P)
1000 bare root hedging plants (T74580P)

Grow Birch on any moist, fertile, well drained soil. Birch trees thrive in full sun or lightly dappled shade and are generally tolerant of windy positions.

These plants are lifted from the nursery field when dormant, and sent to you in late autumn or spring for planting. They often look dead on arrival, but they are just resting in the dormant period and will establish quickly for a strong start in the garden come spring. Set out in prepared soil in holes wide enough and deep enough to lay out the roots. Tread down the planting soil to knock out air pockets. Water well to settle. Apply a mulch to protect roots from cold temperatures. If conditions prevent immediate planting, set roughly into loose soil or a pot of compost (‘heeling in’) to protect the roots. Set these at the same level as they were in the nursery field – you should see a soil line at the base of the stem. Stake trees, taller shrubs and roses to prevent root disturbance.

Feed and water Betula until fully established. Once established, Birch trees require no maintenance. If pruning is necessary to remove diseased or misplaced stems then this should be carried out in winter when the plant is dormant, as Birch has a tendency to bleed sap if pruned during the growing season.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £5.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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