Plant of the Week ~ Betula pendula (Silver Birch)

Compassionate Roots

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This week we are taking a look at the enchanting tree ~ Betula pendula, commonly known as Silver Birch. It is truly a sight to behold with it’s striking white bark and delicate catkins in spring. The distinct triangular-shaped green leaves turn yellow in autumn before dropping to the ground to reveal the beautiful bare trunks of white throughout winter. Sometimes referred to as ‘The Lady of the Wood’, in Celtic mythology, silver birch symbolises renewal and purification.

Cultivation & Care

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Silver birches are a very easy to grow plant, tolerant of most soils including heavy clay, sandy and nutrient poor soils. Well-drained, loamy soil in a sunny position is ideal, but birches are very adaptable. They will tolerate windy locations, however strong winds will cause the tree to be wind shaped as it grows.

Interesting Facts

  • Known as a pioneer species…

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