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Betula pendula 'Tristis'


Description: Betula pendula 'Tristis' is a tall, graceful tree with pendulous twisting shoots at the end of the weeping branches. The white bark, as with many birch, develops characteristic black fissures with age. The catkins appear during the spring amongst the slightly serrated foliage which turns creamy yellow in the autumn. A special tree for its unusual weeping appearance!

History: Introduced in 1867. Received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Betula Growing Tips: They will succeed on most soils with certain species happy even in wet sites. Although tolerant of chalk soils they will not reach a maximum size in these conditions. Best planted in a full sun position.

Height and Spread (after 10 years) : 6m x 4m

General attributes

Award-winning Award-winning
Text Yellow Green Foliage
Text Traditional

Ornamental attributes

Medium tree size after 10 years Medium tree size after 10 years
Attractive bark Attractive bark
Autumn colour Autumn colour
Prefers acid soil Prefers acid soil
Chalk tolerant Chalk tolerant
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Drought tolerant Drought tolerant
Wet tolerant Wet tolerant
Don't prune Don't prune