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How to Landscape With Birch Trees

By Bob Dobbs ; Updated September 21, 2017
Birch trees make a fine addition to any landscape.

Birch trees, with their white, papery bark, remain one of the most distinct items in any landscape they inhabit. There's something almost luminary or magical about their presence in a yard. The eyes are naturally drawn toward them, and they blend in beautifully with other plant life. If you're considering adding some trees to your front or back yard, birches are a great option. They require relatively little care and are hardy enough to survive most environmental conditions. Both paper birch and river birch are popular among landscapers.

Determine where you'd like your birch trees to go in your landscape. Remember that birch trees can get rather tall and large, and will block out a portion of the available sunlight. Therefore, they should not be planted too near anything that requires full sun.

Acquire birch tree saplings from your local gardening store. They should still be small enough to plant with relative ease. Small birches already growing in your yard can also be transplanted.

Dig a hole big enough to contain the entire root ball of the birch tree. Plant the root ball into the soil and cover with dirt.

Water your newly planted or transplanted birch trees immediately after placing them in the ground. Also water them during subsequent dry spells.

Decide what type of plants you would like to go around your birch trees. Again, do not choose anything that requires full sun. Birch trees, with their pale bark, tend to blend in well with other plant life. Get creative and go with whatever types of growth you like best.


Things You Will Need

  • Birch tree saplings
  • Shovel


  • Birches offer some privacy when planted close together, but are otherwise not the best view-blocking trees.

About the Author


Bob Dobbs has been working as a freelance writer since 2005. His work has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Think+Up and Travels.com. Dobbs earned his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2006.