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Birch

Review Notes: Birch

Ultimate Height: 12m
Ultimate Spread: 12m
Time to ultimate height: 20-50 year(s)

Preferred common name: Tibetan cherry
Other common names: birch-bark tree , ornamental cherry

Prunus a deciduous tree with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark.

Pruning
Prune in mid-summer if silver leaf is a problem. These evergreen shrubs and deciduous trees and certain deciduous shrubs need very little pruning and are best left to their own devices in most cases. They do not send out vigorous shoots that need curbing. Remove diseased , damaged congested or crossing shoots. Shoots that are growing in unwanted directions can also be pruned out. Do this in late winter or early spring, unless late summer or early autumn pruning is specified to avoid bleeding and facilitate rapid healing of cut surfaces. These plants flower on previous or current year's growth.

Pests
May get caterpillars, leaf-mining moths and bullfinches.
Diseases
May be affected by silver leaf, bacterial canker and blossom wilt

Soil
Acid, Alkaline or Neutral.
Moist but well-drained or well-drained.
Chalk, Clay, Loam or Sand.


Aspect
All aspects.
Exposed or Sheltered.


Propagation
Propagate by budding or grafting, although softwood cuttings in early summer with bottom heat can be successful.

Flowers: White in Spring.
Foliage: Yellow in Autumn.

Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous.

Suggested Plant Uses: Low Maintenance.

Supplied Height Approx 12" 1.95 + P&P







Plant Type:- Tree
Colour:- White in Spring
Flowering Period:- Feb to May

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