Silver birch tree facts
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A common type of birch tree found in gardens is the silver birch (Betula pendula). The silver birch is a medium-sized deciduous tree with peeling bark. The leaves flutter attractively in the breeze, especially on the weeping varieties. There are several general characteristics that apply to every silver birch tree.
- A common type of birch tree found in gardens is the silver birch (Betula pendula).
The botanical name for silver birch is Betula pendula. It is also known as European birch, weeping birch and European white birch.
Silver birch grows best in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 6.
The tree will grow to be 40 to 50 feet tall and 15 to 25 feet wide.
Silver birch should be grown where it can receive full sun. It prefers a moist soil.
Insects to watch for include the bronze birch borer, aphids, birch skeletonizer and birch leaf miner. Other problems may be canker diseases, leaf spots and dieback.
- The tree will grow to be 40 to 50 feet tall and 15 to 25 feet wide.
- Other problems may be canker diseases, leaf spots and dieback.
There are many varieties of silver birch that have a weeping form. They include Darlecarlica, Tristis and Youngii.
Hepzibah Flurge has been writing professionally since 2008. She is a horticulturist and her work appears on various websites and assorted gardening blogs. She holds a Bachelor of Science in horticulture.