Did you know? The silver birch owes its common name to the white peeling bark on the trunk.
Common name : Silver Birch
Scientific name : Betula pendula
Family : Betulaceae
Category : Trees
Type of plant : Perennial
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Sowing & planting
800 - 3000
6 - 7
Identify my silver birch
Silver birch, or European weeping birch, has a generally erect, narrow habit, with drooping branches. It can measure up to 25 m in height and 10 in width.
Its bark is white and exfoliating, brown on the twigs. Older birches have a rougher bark marked with dark fissures.
The leaves are diamond shaped, toothed, green then yellow before falling.
The male and female kittens are borne by the same plant, they are lying and hanging.
Plant my silver birch
Plant your birch in well-drained or dry soil, in the sun or in the shade.
Plant preferably in winter, in bare roots or in mound. Dig a hole deep enough, twice as large as the root ball, without mixing the layers of the soil.
Plant a solid stake at the bottom of the hole, on the edge, inclined to the prevailing winds. Cut the root hair - the fine roots that looks like hair - to balance the volume of roots and foliage.
Plant without burying the boundary between trunk and roots of the tree, putting the soil layers in the same order you removed them. Tamp the soil around the roots with your foot, so you do not leave a pocket of air, and attach the stake to the trunk with a suitable extensible link.
Form a hollow in the soil and water abundantly until you fill it.
Water my silver birch
Water regularly and generously for several weeks after planting or sowing, especially if you did it late in the season.
Mulch my silver birch
To help young birch trees, it is better to limit grass competition to their base. We advise you to mulch it with dry leaves and shredded branches. Renew this mulch once or twice a year.
Unprop my silver birch
Your tree should be well rooted after two years, so remove the stake now that it is not needed anymore.