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Downy birch is a slender tree with a light canopy and elegant, drooping branches. Its diamond-shaped leaves turn golden in autumn. You can tell this species apart from silver birch in spring by its furry new shoots. Can be grown as a specimen or screening tree.
Estimate full grown height: 30 metres, growing an estimated 40-60cm each year.
Value to wildlife: Downy birch provides food for aphids which attracts species higher up the food chain. It’s also a food plant for the caterpillars of many moths, including the angle-shades, buff tip, pebble hook-tip, and Kentish glory. The seeds are eaten by birds such as siskins, greenfinches and redpolls.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: It grows in most soils apart from chalk. Especially likes damp sites.
UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
Learn more about this species on our downy birch profile.