Silver birch is a tall, decidious tree with an open crown and gracefully drooping branches,well known for its white bark that peels off a bit giving a papery effect. Produces attractive yellow catkins in mid Spring. The leaves are small and heart-shaped, light green, turning light yellow in autumn. A pioneer tree that will be one of the first trees to colonise land set aside, great host for wildlife givng home to many animals and insects. Grow well in clusters and tolerate close spacing (1m apart) Shallow-rooting – plant away from buildings and paving. Good garden tree, and lovely for a small grove in a large or medium-sized garden.
Site: Tolerates exposure
Soil: Any reasonably reasonably drained soil
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height: 60ft (18m) after 20 years Spread: 13ft (4m) after 20 years (Often smaller in a garden setting)