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Hi I have just bought this ornamental variety and wondered if it is ok to plant it amongst smaller shrubs, like japonicas, rhododendrons etc? Thanks

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  • Posted: Fri. 9th March 2012 08:59

Re: silver birch betula pendula

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Pamela,
It sounds as if you already have some established, acid-loving plants and both of your new choices will do fine in those conditions - the Amelanchier likes acid to neutral soil, the Betula tolerates a wide range of conditions. I'm just not sure what you mean by japonicas - are they Camellias, Spiraeas, or Skimmias or something else. My only thoughts are 1) about the size your Betula will eventually get - is there room for a tree in that area that will get up to 15m tall? 2) Is there enough room to plant these trees so there isn't too much competition for moisture and nutrients while they establish themselves? and 3) As they get taller, will they create too much shade for the other plants? If you have Rhodos, Camellias, or Skimmia, they are fine in shade but Spiraea needs full sun.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 13th March 2012 17:15