we have a silver birch which is about 25 years old, which we inherited when we bought the house,about 10 years ago. It is now well over 30 feet tall with a spread on the bottom branches of about 20.feet. Although it is a lovely tree it is growing at a rather acute angle over the road. This has also resulted in the roots appearing in the lawn. My question is, can I pollard the tree or would it be best to remove it a plant a new one.
This information may help you decide:
They aren't known for longevity when grown in the backyard so you may want to start over.
we had a very dry winter and very strange went from very cold to very hot and back again and had a late hard freeze just before they leafed out should any of the roots show . covered them with mulch recently.. also tree is nearly 30 years old.
Sounds like it is stressed from the drastic changes in weather. Keep it watered regularly till it recoups. Also, birch trees in the backyard may only live 20 years so you have a toughie!
Hello, I have a Silver Birch tree which is in a pot. I have had it for 6 years, and up until now it has been fine. This year it has got leaves on it and it looks healthy, but there are some branches which are bare. Not sure if I have a problem or if I do what to do about it. Many thanks Jane
Likely, it needs a good root pruning! Here are some articles that will help:
What does this mean? What is 'snowy'? Paper birches are susceptible to a number of insects, including the destructive bronze birch borers. If you live in an area where these insects are a problem, try planting a resistant cultivar such as ‘Snowy.’
Snowy would be the commercial name given to a variety (i.e., cultivar) of paper/white birch (Betula papyrifera) that was developed via selective breeding by someone. It would be resistant -not immune- to those insects mentioned in the article that you were reading.
I think a deer has eaten my 3 year old birch? Should I cut off the branches with the dead leaves ? Is there a way to save it ? I really really want to save it. Should I feed it with something? Many thanks !
Oh no! This will, likely, recover on its own. You will want to offer protection from deer to prevent this, though. They do not like hot peppers, so making a spray with them is a good way to keep them away. There are, also, plastic guards that you can put around them.
Here are some articles that will help:
You could, but the tree is shaped this way, on purpose! They will grow, happily, in groups or as a tree pruned in this fashion.
My 2 year old cut leaf silver birch has developed some very large leaves on a couple of the branches. Is there something wrong with it
Unfortunately, your photos did not come through. It sounds like new, healthy growth. However, if this is growth that originates from the base of the tree and is not weeping in nature, then it could be a shoot from the root stock. If this is the case, it should be removed.
This article will explain tree reversion:
In the meantime, these articles will help you with the care of Birch trees: