European White Birch, European Weeping Birch, Silver Birch, Weeping Silver Birch Betula pendula

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Botanical Name:

Betula pendula clean seed







Common Name:

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

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30 feet
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Growing Info, follow in order:
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.
In a Nutshell:
* It is a medium-sized deciduous tree , typically reaching 15-25 m tall (exceptionally up to 39 m ), with a slender trunk usually under 40 cm diameter (exceptionally to 1 m diameter), and a crown of arched branches with drooping branchlets.
* The bark is white, often with black diamond-shaped marks or larger patches, particularly at the base.
* Silver Birch is Finland's national tree. Occasionally one uses leafy, fragrant boughs of Silver Birch to gently beat oneself in a sauna. The boughs are called vihta or vasta. This has a relaxing effect on the muscles.
* White, unpeeling bark when young, black when older, branches tend to weep, leaves dark green in summer, yellowish in fall, tolerates drought and wet but prefers moist soil
* It commonly grows with the mycorrhizal fungus Amanita muscaria in a mutualistic relationship. This applies particularly to acidic or nutrient poor soils. more...
* The bark is used to make drinking vessels, canoe skins, roofing tiles etc. It is waterproof, durable, tough and resinous. Only the outer bark is removed, this does not kill the tree. It is most easily removed in late spring to early summer.
* An oil similar to Wintergreen oil (obtained from Gaultheria procumbens) is obtained from the inner bark. It is used medicinally and also makes a refreshing tea. more...