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Yield to temptation. It may not pass your way again.
Robert A. Heinlein

Typical Pine

The edge were tree meets field creates a haven for all sorts of critters.

Ornamental Birches

Weeping Birch, Parkland Pillar, and Dakota Pinnacle

All three of these are imports: One from Europe, the other two from Asia. Cultural requirements are similar to birch in general. The pests section for weeping birch applies to the Asian birches too.

Weeping Birch in Winter

Weeping Birch, awaiting a new spring dress. Even in winter there is grace and elegance.

This shows the branch structure and how pendulous the twigs are.

European Cutleaf Weeping Birch
Betula pendula laciniata

I resisted weeping birch for a long time. They get Bronze leaf borer, a problem with all birch, but especially foreign ones. But I've fallen in love with their grace, and people keep asking for them. Who am I to resist a new tree?

See the general page on Birches for using birches in the landscape.

Cutleaf birch leaves

Delicate leaves.


Growth Requirements

Bronze Birch Borer Galleries

The beasties munching leave a trail.

Pests and Diseases

European and Asian birches are the most susceptible, followed by our native paper birch. River birches seem to be immune. More info aboutBronze Birch Borer and Bronze Leaf Borer at U. Minn

Special Notes.

Parkland Pillar Asian Birch
Betula platyphylla 'Jefpark'

Parkland Pillar at SFTF

Parkland Pillar in Fall Colour

Just turning colour. The proportions remain about the same as the tree grows, with a fairly constant angle with the base. It will get 6-8 feet wide, but that wide point is overhead. This make for a good screening tree. You can prune the bottom branch tips if you find it intrudes over a path or into your yard.

Head height width of Parkland at maturity is about 6 feet. It will be around 8 feet at it's widest point.

Dakota Pinnacle in Fall Colour

Notice that where Parkland Pillar has a narrow branch angle, Dakota Pinnacle just has shorter branches. The result is that the wide part of the tree is closer to the bottom. This makes it more effective as a screening tree if you don't have a fence, but it is a wider tree -- about 10-12 feet at maturity.

Parkland Pillar is one of our skinny trees -- trees that you can use a row full to change your backyard into less of a gladiator's arena subject to the view of upstairs windows and balconies of surrounding houses.

This tree can make quite a statement as a driveway liner, especially with a backdrop of spruce. Put both trees on 15 foot spacing, about that far apart, with the birch covering the gaps. When young they won't look full enough. Put a dogwood between the birches, and a high bush cranberry or flame willow between the spruces. This will fill in fairly quickly and you will have a good fall and winter display too.

Inventory above in the main Birch & Kin page.

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