Betula alba (b.pendula)

Betula alba (b.pendula)
Betula alba (b.pendula) 
European white birch
SIZE/TYPE tall tree
USUAL HEIGHT 15-25m
USUAL WIDTH 5-10m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS less showy but noticeable
BLOOMING TIME April - April
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 2   (down to -45°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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The species of European white birch is a large tree growing over 20m tall when mature. Its most significant feature is white bark, pealing off in thin layers. Diamond-shaped leaves are mid green, partly glossy and are said to emerge only after the danger of all frosts. They turn yellow in autumn. The flowers are 4-6 cm log yellow-brown catkins. Pollen from flowering birches is subject to allergies.

This birch is cultivated as a standard with removed branches along one trunk, or a multi-stemmed tree where its white bark shows off best. Birch woods can be found in colder parts of Europe and Asia, they were typical in Russia and Siberia.

It likes moist soil but adapts to all soil types, when established it can even accept long, dry summers. Fully hardy to min. -45°C (USDA zone 2).

Last update 11-01-2009.
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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