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BETULA pendula 'Youngii'

Image of Betula pendula 'Youngii'

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Family

Betulaceae

Botanical Name

BETULA pendula 'Youngii'

Plant Common Name

Common Birch, European White Birch, Silver Birch, Young's Weeping Birch

General Description

Young's weeping birch's branches are slender and very pendulous without a leading stem. This is a medium-sized tree at maturity. Bark is brown on immature branches becoming white with black fissures as the tree grows. Pendulous flowers, called catkins, are notable in the spring on naked branches. Fall color is not dependable.

Young's weeping birch is beautiful as a specimen in a lawn or at the edge of woodlands, especially in front of dark evergreens. It's also beautiful along streams and ponds or by fences to create a picturesque pastoral scene. Grow in full sun in a fertile soil. It is often found grafted on a standard tree rootstock and is very prone to birch borer. Reduce susceptibility to borers by ensuring plant grows without drought or heat stresses.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Width

    20'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Northern Europe, Russia/Siberia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Green, Light Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    White, Brown

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No