Growing Betula ‘Dalecarlica’

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Patricia Croke asked 13 years ago

I would like to grow a Swedish birch in a corner of my garden that is quite windy. I have clay soil and the drainage isn’t great, although it wouldn’t really get waterlogged. Do you think it will survive-I have already lost an Acer Griseum in the same spot!

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
The Swedish birch is a cut-leaf form of the silver birch, which is tolerant of poor soil including clay soils but does best in well-drained ground. It would not like to be waterlogged for more than a few days at a time.

Hornbeam would be a good choice for this spot. Acers do not like the soil to be heavy or wet in winter.