Betula pendula 'Youngii' at Hailey Park

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Betula pendula 'Youngii'
early September 2015

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Betula pendula 'Youngii'
late October 2015

Grid reference ST 14720 78936
Common name Weeping silver birch
Common name Young's weeping birch
Alternative name Betula pendula subsp. pendula 'Youngii'
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Yes
Status Glamorgan Champion 2015
Height 6M September 2015
Girth 93cm September 2015
Reference 302

This tree is a few yards south west of the northerly playground.

Betula pendula 'Youngii' bark

Betula pendula 'Youngii' bark
September 2015

Betula pendula 'Youngii' foliage

Betula pendula 'Youngii' foliage
early September 2015

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Betula pendula 'Youngii' foliage with ripening seeds
early September 2015

General tree description for Betula pendula 'Youngii'

Betula pendula 'Youngii' is a cultivar of the common Silver birch (Betula pendula) with a weeping form. It has a slender trunk and thin, spreading branches. The bark is smooth and white, developing contrasting dark cracks and fissures with age. The leaves are exactly like the species - green, sharply cut, triangular, turning golden yellow in autumn. The flowers are greenish catkins that appear in spring.

General tree description for Betula pendula

Betula pendula is a medium-sized tree up to 30 metres tall with slender, weeping twigs. Its bark is silvery white, but develops dark, scaly patches, eventually becoming black and rugged at the base. The leaves are small (3 to 7cm long) and light green, triangular with double-toothed edges. In autumn they turn a rich yellow colour. The flowers are catkins, both male and female found on the same tree from April to May. Male catkins are yellow-brown, up to 3cm long, and hang in groups of two to four at the tips of shoots. Female catkins are bright green, shorter and erect. They become dark crimson after pollination, breaking up to release masses of tiny seeds in autumn.