Swedish Birch (Betula pendula 'Dalecarlica')

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 6b
Plant Height: 20 to 40 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Dynamic Accumulator: P (Phosphorus)
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

good specimen

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 18, 2018 8:46 PM

This is the most common cut-leaf, weeping form of the European White Birch in eastern North America. It has never been commonly planted, just very occasionally, but a good number of larger or mail order nurseries used to sell it in the 1950's through the 1980's. Less common now, as it usually lives about 20 years after planting before heat and drought stress allow it to be killed off by the Bronze Birch Borer, a long brown beetle. I remember two excellent specimens planted at Northern Illinois University in the 1980's that had lived about 20 years and then died off. I'm sure a few sources might still sell some in the US.

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