Betula pendula ‘Youngii’

Scientific name: Betula pendula ‘Youngii’


Common names: “Young’s weeping birch”

Plant Type: Deciduous tree


Zone: 2-6

Light: Full sun – dappled shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Fertile soil,

Moisture: Moist well drained, can take drier conditions once established


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Plant Size: H 7-25′ W 10′

Leaf and Stem shape: Arching branches with striking white, pink, or peeling brown bark, weeping to the ground, with ovate leaves turning yellow in autumn

Flower: Separate male and female catkins open before or with the leaves in springImage result for betula pendula

Pruning: Do not prune in early spring or late fall when sap is flowing, bleeds, prune to maintain natural shape and avoid the typical “bowl cut” look, thin out large awkward shoots, avoid heading back cuts

Maintenance: Tends to have a lot of dead wood, resents root disturbance, should always have a tree circle if planted in a lawn, requires training to form

Landscape use: Pretty garden tree, attractive white bark and nice fall colour, species tree

Propagate: By cuttings

Pests & Disease: Bronze birch borer can lead to dead tops and branch dieback,though not as susceptible as other species, infected trees should be removed and quickly burned to kill the larvae and eggs in the bark and a replacement tree should be selected from a different genus, aphids, black sooty mold

Comments: Don’t underplant with very pale coloured foliage plants as the sooty mold will be very obvious

Cultivars: ~AGM winners: B. p. ‘Tristis’ , B. p. ‘Laciniata’

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