Silver Birch bark
Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,713
I planted a couple of Silver Birch trees a year ago, and would like to encourage white bark. One tree has obliged my attempts of peeling, but the other tree is proving more difficult to peel. Any suggestions - I don't want to use a knife - would a damp scrubbing brush help?
Then it develops with age.
i wouldn't recommend peeling the bark.
Keen gardeners do do out to wash the trunks!
Leave well alone it will happen...don't you have enough to be doing with feeding H-hogs and keeping Echiums upright.
Yes, leave it be to happen naturally. Unless of course it’s a non-peeling variety in which case it won’t!
Wonder if the weather as well as position has made it slower, compared to the other one.
On a few sites it says the young ones have rich brown bark which changes as the tree matures. As other posters have already said about waiting, I would go with their advice, but understand your eagerness to make it white.
So far I have not seen any suggestions to hurry it up while looking online.
One made a reference to the trunk size in that they do not get white bark until the trunk is an inch in circumference?
But I would imagine it is a bit subjective.
@Muddle-Up you made me laugh about the not being able to resist.
I have to say I have silvery birch envy. I would really like one or three. There is just no space here for another tree.
Good Luck with it though I hope it changes soon for you before you go mad
I wouldn’t wash the trunk yet it might damage it and I don’t think you would get the result of a white bark.
I started washing the trunks of mine after they got a white trunk not before.
i planted this tree about eight years ago and it was a three year old tree then.
Ive planted a multi stem snow queen at the beginning of this year, it was a field grown three year old tree and it is just showing colour.