Downy Birch, scientifically known as Betula pubescens, is a remarkable tree that stands out for its adaptability and aesthetic appeal. This deciduous tree is characterised by its striking white bark, which peels off in layers, adding a unique textural element to any landscape. The leaves of the Downy Birch are small and heart-shaped, with a soft, downy texture on the underside, hence its name. In spring, the tree produces catkins, which are highly attractive to wildlife, including birds and bees.
One of the greatest attributes of the Downy Birch is its resilience. It thrives in a variety of conditions, but it is particularly well-suited to wet, poorly drained soils and can even tolerate extreme cold, making it an ideal choice for northern climates. This tree is known for its fast growth and ability to quickly colonise open ground, making it an excellent choice for reforestation projects or for adding greenery to new developments.
What sets the Downy Birch apart from other birch species, like the Silver Birch (Betula pendula), is its greater tolerance to wet conditions and its more rounded, less triangular leaves. While both species share the characteristic peeling bark, the bark of the Downy Birch tends to be more rugged and less shiny than that of the Silver Birch. Additionally, the Downy Birch has a more northerly distribution, making it a symbol of resilience in harsher environments. Whether for its environmental benefits or its distinctive appearance, the Downy Birch is a superb choice for anyone looking to add a hardy yet elegant tree to their landscape.
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STANDARD DELIVERY TYPES
Box/Parcel – Used for plants sized 0-70cm, costs £12. Order £100 worth of plants of that size to qualify for free delivery! Parcel deliveries are always sent for next day delivery unless otherwise specified.
Pallet – Used for plants sized 71-230cm, costs £60. Order £350 worth of plants to qualify for free pallet delivery! We always send our pallets for next day delivery, unless requested otherwise.
Private Van – Used for plants sized 231cm and taller, costs £60. Order £350 worth to get free private van delivery!
In all cases you can request a private van delivery, where your plants are delivered by us. Upon your request we can re-evaluate your delivery fee and let you know of the delivery time.
Please note, for pallet and box deliveries we use third party companies to deliver the goods. Not often, but occasionally some delays may happen due to unforeseen circumstances, which are out of our control. For this reason, we ask you to never book gardeners, contractors, or other industry professionals for the estimated delivery date. Please do not book days off work or cancel other commitments specifically for your plant delivery to avoid disappointment.
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Please note that we currently are unable to deliver to Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland due to Brexit rules and regulations.
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