I have a small garden which I am looking to give some height to by planting a tree type suitable for small spaces. A Jacquemontii looks the tree type. Can I maintain the tree size so it doesn't become too large for the area. Possibly a max height of 5 meters.
My research says that these grow from 30-50+ feet (9-15+ m) high at maturity. Our experts say that removing more than 25 percent of the canopy of a tree at one time weakens it and may be fatal. Never top a tree. So, I'm wondering if this is really the type of tree you want in a smallish space.
Here is a general article about pruning birch trees: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/birch/cutting-back-birch-trees.htm
Hi, we've had alot of rain this year. Everytime I use a leaf blower to remove the grass from my mower around my white birch tree.....I notice there is water standing in the tripod of the tree. Will this standing water eventually rot the tree and cause it to die? Thank you
I understand why you'd be concerned about this. Birch trees withstand quite a range of weather conditions and it's unlikely that water standing in the joint of the tree will cause it to rot and or die. Birch trees live through snow, wind, rain and other extreme conditions. If you are truly worried about this, however, you may want to call a certified arborist and get a professional opinion.
Hello, we have three Himalayan Birch-Snow Queen which are 3-4 years old. We have staked them using rubber blocks as advised on you tube. While the trees have been stable in the wind, the blocks have rubbed with the bark causing damage. Should we remove the ties? We are in a windy spot and feel that the trees still need supporting.
They are past due to remove the stakes. It is recommended to remove them by the second growing season. If you want to repair the bark, this article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/repairing-tree-bark-damage.htm
3-trunk River Birch tree about 16' tall, just purchased and planted last fall, didn't notice anything unusual when I purchased or planted it; or even over the winter. New sap/clear ooze seeping from one trunk. Scars are on two of the three trunks. Scars go all the way around each trunk. Thank you in advance.
Unfortunately, your photo did not come through. I will not be able to identify the issue in question. Commonly, insects or borers will cause this, but it can be bacterial as well.
Here is an article that will help you with the general care of the tree, in the meantime:
Did you do any pruning in late winter? That can cause oozing, which is normal. Wait till the leaves have emerged to prune.
Are the scars like woodpecker damage or insect borers all around or tree girdling?
Here is information on those:
Hello I would like to ask about the possibility of moving a silver birch tree to another part of my garden and it’s chances of survival? It was planted 4 years ago by the developers of our house. As like most new build gardens we have a small plot and although I like the tree, it really dictates the design of the garden. I’d like to put a small circular patio there instead and plant around it. With the trees roots running through the border it makes planting difficult.
It can be done. This article should help you plan your project:
with out damaging the tree?
No, it will damage the tree to remove any of the roots.
I planted some young birch trees last autumn which were about 6 feet tall, shortly after there was some very strong winds and unfortunately the main stem in some of the trees snapped at the top even though they were supported with stakes. I had to remove the damaged part with a secateurs and I am worried that this may have permanently damaged the tree and its ability to grow tall. Do you have any advice ?
This article should help: