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Young Weeping European White Birch Tree

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Young Weeping White Birch tree

Young Weeping White Birch tree leaves

Young Weeping White Birch tree trunk

Species

Betula pendula ‘Youngii

Family

Betulaceae

Campus Location

Just south of the Tivoli Fountain, in a sidewalk triangle.

Native Range

Europe and parts of Asia

Description

  • Deciduous and grafted, growing 20 - 25 feet tall and at least as wide, or wider.
  • Weeping, contorted branches, form an umbrella-like canopy.
  • White bark when young, black fissures develop with age.
  • Landscape uses include specimen and as a patio tree.

History and significance:
The tree is planted in what is referred to as an Olmsted triangle – where sidewalks converge from three directions to form a triangular planting space.

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