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Betula pendula - European White Birch


USDA Zones 2-7

Does not do well in warm climates

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Full sun to partial shade

Fairly tolerant of most soils. It likes a moist, but well drained soil best

Need regular water

Deciduous slender tree with a pyramid shaped or spreading crown of long, drooping branches, a weeping habit. It gets up to 30-40 feet (9.14-12.19 m) tall and 15-20 feet (4.57-6.10 m) in diameter

Male and female flowers are in catkins on the same tree. The male catkins hang down and are about 2 in (5 cm) long. Female catkins are smaller


Often grown as an ornamental in the northern United States and Canada. Good for smaller landscapes as a single specimen or in small groupings. They are graceful, and can be grown as a specimen for their interesting papery white bark, weeping branches, attractive male catkins, and fall color.


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