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Cultural Details for Betula pendula 'Youngii'

Common Name:
Young's Weeping Birch; European White Birch

Growth Rate:
12" or less per year

Average Mature Height:
12-20'

Average Mature Width:
15-25'

Flower Details:
Staminate, 1.5-3.3" long. Usually in 2's, sometimes singly or in 3's.

Fruit Details:
Small nutlet, produced in 0.75-1.25" long by 0.33" wide, cylindrical catkins, shed in fall.

Fall Color:
poor yellow or yellow green

Bark Details:
Brownish in youth, changing to white on larger branches and with time developing black fissured areas.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious.

Native Habitat:
Originated in England about 1873.

Other Features:
Branches are slender and perfectly pendulous, without a leading stem.

Culture and Care:
Transplants readily in spring; does best in moist, well-drained, sandy or loamy soil but tolerates wet or dry soils; more pH tolerant than B. nigra; should be pruned in summer or fall as pruning in late winter or early spring causes excessive bleeding.

This plant was blooming:
3/30/2007 - 4/5/2007
4/8/2005 - 4/22/2005

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu