Youngii Weeping Birch

Betula pendula 'Youngii'

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Youngii Weeping Birch (Betula pendula 'Youngii') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Youngii Weeping Birch

Youngii Weeping Birch

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Height:  18 feet

Spread:  14 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a


A truly different plant, small weeping birch, perfect for small areas, not for every landscape or person but putty in the hands of a creative garden designer, a very noticeable plant. Often used as a solitary.

Ornamental Features

Youngii Weeping Birch has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Youngii Weeping Birch is a deciduous shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Youngii Weeping Birch is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Youngii Weeping Birch will grow to be about 18 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 14 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Garden 
Fall Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features