Young's Weeping Birch Tree
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Young's Weeping Birch Tree
Young's Weeping Birch Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 2-6
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Young's Weeping Birch

Betula pendula 'Youngii'
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Young's Weeping Birch gives you the look of a Weeping Willow tree, but on a smaller scale that's more in tune with modest-sized gardens. Like Weeping Willow, this fast-growing ornamental tree is pure poetry, from the rhythmic rise and fall of its limber branches to the way the diamond-shaped leaves flutter and twirl in the wind. Its graceful habit inspires a feeling of serenity. Plant this Weeping Birch tree in an island bed or mixed border near the entrance to your home and let its natural elegance speak the language of tree to say, "Welcome." Landscape lighting directed at its bright white bark will extend the invitation after dusk.


Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 2-6
  • Spacing: 15-20'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

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The Story

Young’s Weeping Birch is a selection of Silver Birch, an opportunistic tree appearing first on the scene after forest fires.  The species’ natural range extends all the way from the U.K. to Siberia, and its wood is used to make furniture, veneer, plywood, and skis.  The selection ‘Youngii’ has been around so long that no one is really sure exactly who first discovered it, though it is believed to have originated in England around 1873.  (We’re going to guess it was found in the nursery or garden of someone named “Young.”)

The Details

Grab your tissues! The beauty of this Weeping Birch will bring tears to your eyes! Not only does this dramatic weeper have slender hanging branches but also snowy white exfoliating bark, which will have your neighbors weeping because you got one before they did!

How to Grow

The Weeping White Birch is a beautiful specimen that needs to be planted in full sun to light shade. It requires moist, well-drained soil to reach optimum growth potential and to keep it nice and healthy. For the first 3 years or so, apply a medium rate fertilizer in the fall. This once-a-year application supplies your tree with essential nutrients that promote healthy new growth for the following spring season. There are common pest problems with birch trees, and while some improved varieties are more resistant to these pests, the Weeping Birch, unfortunately, is not one of them. The main pest problems with this tree are bronze birch borer and birch leaf miner. Keeping your tree healthy from the start can prevent bronze birch borers. This means planting your tree in the right location, having proper soil drainage, fertilizing, etc. It has been proven that borers are unsuccessful in attacking healthy trees. The birch leaf miner is another pest that if left untreated will cause a good amount of damage to the leaves that will then cause stress to the tree. This stress will make it easier for the bronze birch borer to attack as well. Leaf miners are small sawflies that lay eggs in the new foliage of the birch tree. The young then feed off of the inside of the leaves, leaving “mines” which will be the visual evidence of the problem.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 2
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 15'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Spacing 15-20'
Growth Rate Moderate
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Tan
Flower Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Size B Trees:

Single stem 6'-8' tall, we have trained these stems to grow twisted and turned for added landscape interest. Each one has its own personality.

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Young's Weeping Birch Tree
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