With its tall, slender form and bright white, peeling bark, Birch is a classically elegant native tree with varieties suitable for any size of garden. Easy to care for and attractive to a huge number of wildlife species, this tree will bring a sense of wonder and mystery to any outdoor space. For the best results, choose bare root birch trees and plant between November and March - over the winter your tree will develop a strong root system, ready to burst into life in the spring. Read on for tips and advice about choosing, growing and caring for your Birch trees.
Choose your Birch Trees
For classically striking looks and height in larger spaces, we love the Silver Birch. With fluffy catkins and bright green leaves in Spring, berries in Summer and golden Autumn foliage, you’ll enjoy year-round interest. Another great option for larger gardens is the Paper Birch, with beautiful paper thin white, peeling bark. The Himalayan Birch or “Snow Queen” is a white, slender tree suited to smaller gardens, as is the Weeping Silver Birch, with its compact dome and long, slender branches.
Where to grow your Birch Trees
Birch trees are fully hardy and low maintenance, thriving in any moist, well drained soil. They will be fine in a position of full sun or partial shade and will not deprive lower-growing plants of sun due to their airy foliage which allows plenty of dappled light to filter through.
Birch Tree Care Tips
Birch trees are generally resistant to all pests and diseases and require only annual pruning. This should be done when the tree is fully dormant, between late Summer and early Winter. Young trees should be watered regularly until their roots are established. For more advice and tips on caring for your Birch trees, see our Full Care Guide.
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