Silver birch - tree by old Exeter bridge - December 2018
Silver birch is a striking, medium-sized deciduous tree native throughout the UK and Europe. It can be used to improve soil quality for other plants to grow. Its deep roots bring otherwise inaccessible nutrients into the tree, which are recycled on to the soil surface when the tree sheds its leaves. === Characteristics Foliage Deciduous Habit Pendulous/Weeping Hardiness H7 === Moisture Well-drained, Moist but well-drained Soil Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral === Size Ultimate height Higher than 12 metres Ultimate spread wider than 8 metres Time to ultimate height 20-50 years === Scientific classification Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Rosids Order: Fagales Family: Betulaceae Genus: Betula Subgenus: Betula Species: B. pendula Binomial name Betula pendula
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