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Jane Doe
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:07 am    Post subject: silver birch in small lawn? Reply with quote

A horticulurist on radio said a silver birch would be ok for a small lawn but on the trees section here it says they should be 10 meters from any building

see http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about638.html
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

doctors differ and Patients die,
Do not plant a silver birch on a small lawn,
1. it is surface rooting
2. It absorbs huge amounts of water from the surrounding area.
3. Its rooots will grow under boundary walls.
4. It continually drops small branches
5. Does not respond well to pruning.
6. Lives for about 80 yrs then falls apart. I would not plant one.
Try malus, Morus nigra, Amelanchier, Sorbus, cherry, or Laburnum.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greengage wrote:
doctors differ and Patients die,
Do not plant a silver birch on a small lawn,
1. it is surface rooting
2. It absorbs huge amounts of water from the surrounding area.
3. Its rooots will grow under boundary walls.
4. It continually drops small branches
5. Does not respond well to pruning.
6. Lives for about 80 yrs then falls apart. I would not plant one.
Try malus, Morus nigra, Amelanchier, Sorbus, cherry, or Laburnum.
re 2 the lawn is very wet little drainage would it help that?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd disagree with Greengage. Birches can be managed as a pollard or coppice, they can take pruning. If you really want a birch, try Betula pendula "Youngii", the little weeping birch. Buy a top grafted plant.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tippben wrote:
I'd disagree with Greengage. Birches can be managed as a pollard or coppice, they can take pruning. If you really want a birch, try Betula pendula "Youngii", the little weeping birch. Buy a top grafted plant.
Do you disagree with Greengage 6 points about the Betula pendula

You could not under plant with Betula pendula "Youngii" like with Betula pendula?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend in Germany has a nice Betula Pendula arched around a nice arch frame a few (7) feet away from the front door. They keep it quite pruned. Looks nice. Can't say any more than that.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could you plant a slver birch in a big pot?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say yes. But you may have to move it on in a few years unless you keep it pruned quite hard. As an alternative, if you're not set on silver birch, Acer Palmatum is a much better front door tree-in-a-pot. The bark is lovely and the leaves are quite impressive.
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