Known as 'Lady of the Woods', this is a wonderfully graceful tree with shining silver-white bark when older. Native to UK.
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- Flower Colour: none
- Foliage Colour: green, turning to butter yellow in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: higher than 12m (40ft)
- Flowering Period: none
- Tolerance: shade tolerant, pollution tollerant
- Growing Habit: weeping
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Rate of Growth: medium-fast
- Final Size if Untrimmed: medium sized tree
- Wildlife: Attracts bees and other insects.
- Arrives bare-root at a height of 60-90cm (2ft-3ft)
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
- Soil Requirements: acid, alkaline, neutral, chalk, clay, sand, loam
- Moisture: well drained, moist but well drained
- Planting Distance: 30-40cm (1ft-1'4")
Silver Birch hedging will grow in almost all well drained soil and can tolerate both full sun and partial shade.
Silver Birch can be planted from November to March, when the hedge is dormant. Ensure that the area where you are going to plant the hedge is clear and weed-free.
Caring and Maintenance
Cut back plants to 15-30cm (6in-1ft) on planting. In first summer trim side branches lightly to encourage bushing out. In the second year (February to March) cut back growth by half. Throughout the second summer trim side branches to maintain sides that taper towards the top. In the second autumn cut the topmost branch (‘leading shoot’) to the desired hedge height. Trim every June after that.