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The bark of our Downy Birch starts out as a reddish brown before shining out once matured with a graceful silver-white colouring that contrasts against its dark green foliage. Its bark remains smooth right down to the base making it very popular for it’s unique looks. Its dark leaves during the summer turn a scorching golden-yellow in autumn. This particular tree thrives well anywhere including in cities.
|Type Bare Root||Height 30-40cm||Age 1 Year (1＋0)||Delivery 3-4 Days||Plants Per Bundle 25||1+ £27.00 £22.50 (£0.90 Per Plant) (£1.08 Per Plant)||2+ £25.50 £21.25 (£1.02 Per Plant) (£0.85 Per Plant)||10+ £24.00 £20.00 (£0.96 Per Plant) (£0.80 Per Plant)||20+ £22.50 £18.75 (£0.90 Per Plant) (£0.75 Per Plant)|
|Type Bare Root||Height 40-60cm||Age 2 Years (1＋1)||Delivery 3-4 Days||Plants Per Bundle 25||1+ £37.50 £31.25 (£1.25 Per Plant) (£1.50 Per Plant)||2+ £36.00 £30.00 (£1.44 Per Plant) (£1.20 Per Plant)||10+ £34.50 £28.75 (£1.38 Per Plant) (£1.15 Per Plant)||20+ £33.00 £27.50 (£1.32 Per Plant) (£1.10 Per Plant)|
|Type Bare Root||Height 60-80cm||Age 2 Years (1＋1)||Delivery 3-4 Days||Plants Per Bundle 25||1+ £46.50 £38.75 (£1.55 Per Plant) (£1.86 Per Plant)||2+ £43.80 £36.50 (£1.75 Per Plant) (£1.46 Per Plant)||10+ £42.60 £35.50 (£1.70 Per Plant) (£1.42 Per Plant)||20+ £40.80 £34.00 (£1.63 Per Plant) (£1.36 Per Plant)|
The bark of our Downy Birch is what sets it apart from other trees. After starting out as a reddish brown, it shines out once matured with its graceful silver-white colouring that contrasts against its dark green foliage. Unlike the more common Silver Birch, the Downy Birch’s branches are more upright and form less of a drooping canopy. Rather than splintering and splitting as it matures, the bark remains smooth right down to the base of the tree, making it very popular for its unique looks.
All of our Downy Birch is grown here in the UK, in our own unique iron-rich soil. Its nutritious and mineral-rich composition helps our Downy Birch produce exceptional dark green leaves during the summer, before turning to a scorching golden-yellow in the autumn. In the spring, you’ll also see mahogany-spotted catkins drooping down from the branches alongside them. The catkins hold thousands of winged seeds which are freely scattered by the wind, and are favoured by many species of bird.
With all those slender branches you might think that our Downy Birch is a delicate tree, but thanks to being grown at our nursery here in the UK in an area with tough and varied weather, our Downy Birch is super tough and hardy, ready for anything our climate can throw at it.
They’re fast growing, and you can expect to top over 30m high on maturity. City pollution doesn’t affect them much, and they thrive well anywhere, even in cities. They’re not too picky about soil either, although we’d recommend damper conditions for the best growth. Since ours have been grown without being dependant on any chemical fertilisers (we use only natural green compost for all our plants), you can use your own household compost to get just as great results in the future.
|Foliage Colour (Main Interest)||Yellow|
|Habit||Columnar / Upright|
|Ultimate Height||12m +|
|Time to Ultimate Height (years)||20-50 years|
|Rate of Growth (per year)||Average (20-40cm)|
|Soil Moisture||Well-drained, Moist but well-drained|
|Soil Type||Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand|
|Soil pH||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Availability||January, February, March, April, November, December|
|Amount of Sunlight||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Weather Exposure||Exposed, Sheltered|
|Aspect||North-Facing, East-Facing, South-Facing, West-Facing|
|Other Features||Attractive peeling bark|
|Delivery Time||1 Working Day|
Why Buy Bare Root Plants
Bare root plants are the perfect choice when you are creating a hedge on a budget. This method of planting is the most cost and time efficient, allowing us to pass those savings on to you, and significant discounts are available for buying bare root plants in bulk. Grown outdoors in its basic form all year round - No pot, no peat, no heat - our bare root stock comes with the added assurance that it’s acclimatised to British winters, hardy as nature intended. Grown from seed in rich Herefordshire soil all our bare roots plants are available at varying sizes and ages to fit any hedge development.
Bare root plants are lifted to order from November until March when they are dormant to reduce the shock of transplanting them. Bare Root hedging is delivered without soil on the roots. this means that you don't have to pay for the weight of the soil as you would with a Root Balled plant, making them more cost effective. We recommend that all Bare Root hedging plants should be planted as soon as possible as the plant is still alive and the roots need to be kept moist.
If you are unable to immediately plant your bare roots plants, we recommend a number of storage guidelines to ensure they remain healthy out of the ground. Store them in a cool, dry, dark location, making sure they are not exposed to any wind or frost. Do not soak the roots in a bucket of water as they will retain the right amount of moisture needed, you can water them well once they are planted if you are concerned the roots are too dry.
How we Measure Our Bare Root Plants
Our plants are usually measured by height - '30-40cm' means a plant is between 30cm and 40cm high measured from soil level to the top of the plant - the roots are not included in the measurement.
|(0/1)||1 Year Old - Hardwood cutting taken from a strong, healthy shoot on a mature plant. Cutting is grown outdoors for 1 year to develop a healthy root system.|
|(1+0)||1 Year Old - 1 year seedling grown at wide spacing. Seedling is undercut (roots are trimmed below the soil) during the growing season to promote a compact and fibrous root system and regulate plant height. This makes it a cheaper specification suitable when planting where weed competition will be less intense, soil is shallow or on exposed windy sites. Give high root to shoot ratio and minimal plant 'check'.|
|(1+1)||2 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings have been grown in seed beds and then lined out for 1 year. They commonly range from 40-60cms or 60-80cms and is often the best choice and the staple norm. Gives robust plant with fibrous and compact roots.|
|(1u1)||2 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings are undercut and grown in situ for 1 further year. The effect of this gives a slimmer, straighter plant.|
|(1+2)||3 Year Old - Our 1 year old seedlings have been grown in seed beds and then lined out for 2 years. The effect of this gives a stocky, bushier plant.|
|(2+1)||3 Year Old - 2 year old plant lined out for a further year. Gives stockier, bushier plant.|
|(1+3)||4 Year Old - 1 year old seedling grown in seed bed then lined out for 3 years. Gives stocky, bushier plant.|
|(2+2)||4 Year Old - 2 year old plant lined out for 2 further years. Gives stocky, bushier plant.|
Planting your hedging plants at the correct distance is essential for ensuring a great end result. The type of hedge you require will determine the planting style and distance of your plants.
A single row works well in most garden environments, however a double staggered planting design is great for creating a dense hedge to deter intruders or to create a wind break.
There are a number of variables that will decide the planting distance of your hedging plants; how vigorous a plant is, its habit, form and spread will all play a role in the final appearance of your hedge. For example: Bare root Yew should not really be planted any closer than 3 plants per metre due to its vast established spread, whereas a tight Box hedge should be planted with 5 plants in a single row.
Our rough guide of planting distances:
|Plant Height||Recommended Planting Density
|Up to 100cm||3-5 per metre for a single row|
|Up to 100cm||5-7 per metre for a double row|
|100 - 175cm||3 per metre for a single row|
|100 - 175cm||5 per metre for a double row|
|175cm +||2 per metre for a single row|
|175cm +||4 per metre for a double row|
Remember that these planting densities should be used as a guide only.