European Weeping Birch, European White Birch, Silver Birch, Weeping Silver Birch
In Stock: 46.842 lb (Total:46.842lb)
BETULA pendula bs
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Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: requires light for germination, surface sow and keep moist
Other: can be fall sown without stratification.
Betula pendula, or Silver Birch, is a striking medium-sized deciduous tree famous for its eye-catching white bark - a feature that made it Finland's national tree. Standing 30-40 ft tall, it features a slender trunk under 40cm in diameter with an elegant crown composed of arched branches and drooping branchlets. Often covered with black diamond-shaped marks, the trunk's white bark presents a unique aesthetic appeal. The Silver Birch thrives in dry, sandy soils and displays dark green foliage in summer that turns yellow in fall. This tree is not just about the looks; its leaves are used in saunas for their relaxing aroma, while the bark makes durable, waterproof items like drinking vessels, canoe skins, and roofing tiles. Betula pendula also establishes a beneficial relationship with the mycorrhizal fungus, Amanita muscaria, particularly in acidic or nutrient-poor soils. The inner bark yields an oil similar to Wintergreen oil, used medicinally and in refreshing tea, while the outer bark provides a quality charcoal for artists and papermakers alike. It is a resilient species, tolerating drought and wet conditions, but it prefers moist soil. It is an excellent addition to parks, gardens, or spaces needing an artful spark of natural beauty.