Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Medium

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

The Betula pendula ‘Obelisk’ originates from Northern France in the 1950s. It possesses the iconic silver birch foliage and gleaming white bark. The growth pattern is notably upright, spanning just 2-2.5m in width, making it ideal for smaller spaces.

With its columnar appearance and upright branches, this tree paints a graceful silhouette, especially in winter. Its canopy is open and it stands at a height of around 12m after 50 years. The bark is whiter compared to the Betula pendula ‘Fastigiata’, and as it matures it takes on a grey tint. Highlighted by red branches, its leaves are rhomboid. They turn a brilliant yellow in autumn, creating a delightful contrast with its mature brown branches and sturdy trunk. This tree tends to hold onto its leaves for a longer period.

Whilst it prefers well-drained soils, its less tolerant of compacted soil and sensitive to fluctuating water levels. Given its shallow root system, it’s not the best choice for areas exposed to coastal winds.

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Size

Medium

10m high x 2m wide after 25 years

Environment

Ideal for use on verges and in gardens.

Canopy

Upright and, approx. 2-2.5m in width. Open canopy.

Foliage

Leaves are rhomboid and turn a brilliant yellow in autumn. Leaves remain on the tree for a longer period.

Bark

Bark is whiter compared to the Betula pendula 'Fastigiata', and as it matures it takes on a grey tint.

Resilience

Prefers well-drained soils, is less tolerant of compacted soil and is sensitive to fluctuating water levels. Given its shallow root system, it's not the best choice for areas exposed to coastal winds. 

Available As:

Semi-Mature

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