Birch in the garden: selection, planting and care

Himalayan birch (Betula Utilis)

Himalayan birch (Betula Utilis)

Birch: garden tree?

Immediately beforehand: The birch is not a garden tree !!

She is a deep root and likes to raise garages, walls or even whole house walls with their low-lying roots. In addition, the birch loses much foliage - but only very hesitant. This means that throughout the fall you will be busy sweeping down fallen leaves. These are still so light that they blow away at the slightest gust of wind and spread throughout your garden. However, the foliage is great for your compost.

And for allergy sufferers, the birch is also nothing, as it puffs tons of pollen. More about birch pollen allergy.

However, if you are not deterred by this, you should select a gold or Himalayan birch.

Gold birch or Himalayan birch

These are most suitable for small terraced or allotments. They only reach a height of 10 meters and are only a maximum of 7 meters wide, with branches of course.

It acts most naturally in groups of up to three trees and is particularly effective against dark house walls or high hedges.

It needs a sunny to partially shaded location. As far as the soil conditions are concerned, the birch is relatively flexible: whether dry, wet, heath, moor or dune - it grows everywhere.

under planting

Feverfew adapts well


The planting of a birch tree is extremely difficult as there is little light on the ground under the birch and it drains a lot of water from the ground. Therefore, you need plants that can cope with these conditions.

  • ivy
  • Evergreen, such as purple bells
  • meadow Rue
  • Horny Goat Weed
  • feverfew
  • Perennials like goatee, book or cherry laurel

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