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Downy birch

The leaves of this species turn a stunning gold come autumn.
SKU: BEPU
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£6.95

Downy birch

Betula pubescens

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.

More information about this tree is available here.

Downy birch

Betula pubescens

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.

More information about this tree is available here.

Planting information: As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Oct-Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees and your sapling is dormant, as long as it is kept free from frost and wind as well as being kept moist and in light conditions then it will last a few weeks before planting.

Mar-Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out, lose nutrients etc.

On-going care requirements: Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; this will mainly be weeding around the base to reduce the competition for nutrients and ensuring your tree has enough water. For more information about caring for your trees, click here.

Delivery information: Free delivery is available for all tree orders but please allow up to 7-10 days for your delivery to arrive. You will receive a cell grown sapling, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.