Birch trees (Betula spp.) are suited to growing in cooler regions, and are popular on account of their beautiful, soft heart-shaped leaves and often papery/silvery bark. All are deciduous, with leaves of green through spring and summer and create a striking autumn display of yellow fallen leaves littering the ground. They flower in spring, forming attractive catkins, dropping pollen when touched by the wind. The Silver Birch is famed for its weeping soft habit and papery peeling bark. An all-time favourite!


How to grow birch in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball.  Remove the tree from the container or bag (for bare-rooted trees), gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut-shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed. Always water in well after planting with Yates Thrive Natural Seaweed Tonic to help reduce transplant shock and to promote root growth.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.  
  6. Feed in autumn and spring with Yates Thrive All Purpose Granular Plant Food to promote strong root development, healthy foliage and flowers. TIP: For an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.
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Growing tips

  • Can grow to up to 12 metres in height depending on variety so choose the planting spot with this in mind.

  • Varieties include: Silver, white, paper, nigra and several other cultivars. Betula nigra is the best option for warmer areas.



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