Downy Birch Sapling Trees

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Misc Wildlife Value
Shade Partial Shade
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Poor/Dry, Wet
Type Native, Screening
Also Good Autumn Colour
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SIZES 1-10 11-5051-250251-10001001+
60/80 cm Bareroot Available to order - delivery from November£2.52Available to order - delivery from November£2.02Available to order - delivery from November£1.76Available to order - delivery from November£1.63Available to order - delivery from November£1.51
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Betula pubescens: Downy / Common White Birch, Sapling Trees

The Downy, Hairy or Common White Birch is an upright native tree with pale grey mature bark. It grows in any soil apart from chalk and especially likes damp sites. It has good autumn colour and its leaves support several species of butterfly caterpillar.

This tree is very similar to Silver Birch. The most obvious difference is that the young twigs of White Birch have downy hairs on them and feel smooth to the touch. The tree's canopy is also more upright and narrow than silver birch.

Betula pubescens is very fast-growing and makes a good screening tree up to about 20 metres.
Browse all of our Birch tree varieties.


  • Only sold as young sapling trees
  • Native. Upright habit
  • Pale grey bark, warm yellow autumn colour
  • Loves damp sites, prefers acidic soil
  • Wind resistant, but not suitable for the coast
  • Not suitable for hedging
  • Bareroot delivery only: Nov-March
  • To 20 metres

Growing Downy Birch

It will grow on any soil that is not dry, but it really loves neutral to acidic conditions close to water, and it will probably struggle on shallow chalk, which tends to be pretty dry. It is very wind resistant, but not suitable for the coast.

Did You Know?

In the past, birchbark was very valuable because it is oily, waterproof and flexible when heated. It was used to make all sorts of items related to water, from boats and buckets to roofs and hats. Birch was associated with fertility, and bundles of birch twigs were preferred in Medieval times to flog criminals. You will find birch twigs in a properly traditional Swedish sauna to lightly whip your back with, which is supposed to enhance your detox. Birchwood isn't that commercially valuable these days; it is mostly used for paper pulp and disposable things like toothpicks and matches. It burns well, if a little quickly.

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Bareroot planting is best done between October and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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