Betula pendula 'Youngii'
Young's Weeping Birch
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Deciduous tree, 10-12 ft (3-3.7 m), pendulous slender branches provide a weeping form, often grafted to a standard rootstock to produce an umbrella-like crown. Normal leaves.
- Not everyone finds the "umbrella-like crown" attractive. The following is from David More and John White (2005, 2nd ed., p. 311): Young's Weeping Birch..."takes the pendulous characteristic to almost grotesque limits. Top grafted trees look ridiculous when the stem is straight and all the branches grow directly downward from the top of it. Properly trained trees can produce a dome, or a series of domes, of foliage on crooked stems with hanging curtains of twigs which are quite pleasing in the landscape."
- Young's Weeping Birch was found as a chance seedling trailing on the ground. It was introduced about 1874 by the nursery of Maurice Young of Milford, Surrey, England (Jacobson, 1996).
- Oregon State Univ. campus: northwest corner of Memorial Union Quad