Silver birch trees are not demanding and are very adaptable to most substrates even dry sandy soils with low nutrient content.


Silver birch love sun light and will bend and grow crooked if in shade.

Annual Growth Rate

Silver birch are fast growing especially in the first 20 years or so, usually between 40-60cm and sometimes up to 80cm per annum.


Betula pendula can tolerate pH levels from moderately acidic to moderately alkaline

Root Structure

Roots: Intense, shallow dense and extremely sensitive to soil compaction


Silver birch need light and are very frost hardy with average wind resistance

Annual Pruning

Silver birch will only require pruning to remove any dead or damaged branches


Birch trees are highly prized for their design potential by amateur and professional gardeners alike.

Birch trees are well known for their coloured bark and prized for their design potential by amateur and professional gardeners alike.

The silver birch being the most well-known is a fast-growing British native.
Silver birch has white peeling bark with black grooves that become deeply furrowed with age. It is adaptable to all soil types, is sun loving and will grow crooked if in shade.

The foliage of silver birch is deciduous, triangular or diamond shaped, light green with sawn edges. They are somewhat fragrant and appear early into leaf at the beginning of May. Autumn leaf colour is bright yellow.

Green-yellow catkins appear in March/April.

Silver birch trees can reach a mature height of 15-20 metres

Price & Availability


Spring - Summer

Mature Tree


60-65cm girth 6.5m tall

70-75cm girth 7m tall

80-85cm girth 8m tall

90-100cm girth 10m tall

100+cm girth

Semi-Mature Tree


18-20cm girth 4m tall

25-30cm girth 4.5m tall

35-40cm girth 5m tall

45-50cm girth 5m tall

55-60cm girth 5.5m tall

Young Tree


10-12cm girth 2m tall

14-16cm girth 2.2m tall

16-18cm girth 2.5m tall

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