2021 Five Year Native Tree Challenge: Sputnik’s Betula Pendula

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Restricted by lockdown to trees in the garden for the challenge I have decided to try a silver birch. They grow like weeds in this area and I collected a couple of saplings a couple of years ago to put in the growbed to bring on. Lots of people have told me the silver bark doesn’t develop if the sapling doesn’t mature in the ground so I have waited for signs of the colour change before digging.

The birch seedlings grow like grass in the area where these were collected and have to be cleared yearly.

The first tree was lifted from the growbed in the autumn. The second has still to be dug.
 

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