Betula pendula subsp. pendula 'Tristis'
silver birch 'Tristis'
'Tristis' is an elegant medium-sized deciduous tree with a narrow crown of long slender drooping branchlets; trunk white. Leaves oval, becoming yellow in autumn. Flowers in slender brown catkins
Ultimate heightHigher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height20–50 years
Ultimate spread4–8 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or West–facing or East–facing or North–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Pendulous weeping
Betula can be deciduous trees or shrubs, usually colouring well in autumn and often with striking white, pink, or peeling brown bark; separate male and female catkins open before or with the leaves in spring
- Name status
How to grow
Will grow in a wide range of situations
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Low Maintenance
Sawflies, aphids and leaf- mining sawflies may be a problem
A rust and a leaf spot may be a problem
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