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Plant for a crevice in a tree

KenBingKenBing Posts: 2

I have a small crevice in the crook of a silver birch. There is a little accumulated organic matter and it's always moist at the bottom. The tree is south-facing and the crevice is usually in dappled sunlight because of the overhanging branches.

Any suggestions for a plant I could grow in the crevice?

I had thought about a fern but worry it might get too much direct sunlight.

I'm ideally after something native and good for wildlife but failing that something that will complement the birch.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


  • KenBingKenBing Posts: 2
    Here's wider shot of the silver birch for context.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,403
    I would have thought that, for the health of the tree, you are better off admiring it as is.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,959
    I can't think of anything offhand Ken. I suppose you could look at things usually grown in stumperies such as a small fern. To be honest l would leave well alone, but if you want to give it a try, l can picture a tiny fern in there.  :)
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,116
    Maybe an Alpine type plant.  Like ivy leafed toadflax Cymbalaria murals. As long as you dont go for ivy, it would kill the tree.🙂
  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923
    i wouldn't, it'll introduce rot into the centre of the tree and eventually the tree will die
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