Betula pendula

broken strobiles

European Weeping Birch, European White Birch, Silver Birch, Weeping Silver Birch

In Stock: 46.82 lb (Total:46.82lb)
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Growing Info

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 15 inches 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. 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.

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