Betula pubescens (Downy Birch)

Downy Birch


Bareroot from November to April

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Non-trade pricing

Price £ each (ex. VAT)
Height Age 1+ 25+ 100+ 500+ 1000+
40-60cm 1+0 0.51 0.31 0.27 0.26 0.23
40-60cm 1+1 0.84 0.54 0.48 0.46 0.42
60-80cm 1+0 0.67 0.40 0.35 0.33 0.30
60-80cm 1+1 0.95 0.61 0.55 0.52 0.47
80-100cm 1+1 1.09 0.71 0.63 0.60 0.55

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Minimum order values
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A narrow, conical tree with more upright, ascending branches than the pendulous Silver Birch. It has downy young shoots, which are most pronounced on younger trees, and sharply toothed leaves which are also downy on the underside. The grey-white bark has horizontal lines and peels into papery layers. This fast-growing British native is often planted to protect other young trees and is very hardy, its natural range extending to Greenland and Iceland.

Site and soil

Tolerant of a wide range of soils, the Downy Birch will do well even on boggy, waterlogged sites. It is very hardy, with a range extending into the Arctic, and copes well with exposed situations.

Height and spread

After 10 years: 6m x 3m
After 20 years: 9m x 4m

Leaf and bark

The diamond-shaped, sharply toothed leaves have a rough upper surface when young, with down on the veins of the underside of the leaf and on the leaf-stalks. The leaves turn yellow in autumn. The bark is greyish-white and peeling, with horizontal lines and dark branch scars.

Flower, seed and fruit

The catkins open along with the leaves in April, the males 3cm long, females smaller. The inconspicuous seed is dispersed by the wind.


The Downy Birch is used in woodland planting, and as a shelter belt for young trees in exposed situations, Useful for exposed, wet areas where little else will grow. The bark has been used for roofing in Scandinavia, and for tanning leather. The wood is used for wood pulp and plywood.


Pollen for early insects, shelter for birds in exposed sites.


The Downy Birch is not usually pruned, but may be shaped by the wind in exposed areas.