Downy Birch


Betula pubescens , Sold as 2 year old whip 40-60cm in height UK Grown

Dispatched November-March 2024/2025

Out of stock

Latin Name: Betula pubescens

Common Name(s): Downy Birch

Plant Type: Perennial

Habitat: Moist Soil, Part Shade



Flowering Time:

March - May

SKU: NS-268 Categories: , , , ,


Betula pubescens is commonly known as downy birch, with other common names including moor birch, white birch, European white birch or hairy birch often confused for Silver birch. It is a deciduous tree growing to 10 to 20 m (33 to 66 ft) tall, can grow in wet places with heavy soils and poor drainage. Can get a brown dye from the bark if set with Alum.

If using in as  hedge: All species in a wildlife hedge can be cut back or “Coppiced” without harm. In the 1st year after establishment the hedge can be cut back to stimulate growth of the hedge from the base thereafter cut every 2-3 years. If the weather is unsuitable for planting or receiving the hedging, dig a hole and bury the roots of the bunched plants, they can be held like that till planting. After planting it is advantageous to mulch the hedge with lawn mowing or leaf mould to suppress weeds and also be done with plastic or carpet cuts and covered with soil.


Additional information




Natural Dye

Country of Origin


Plant Type

Flowering Time

March, April, May