Silver birch trees can be cut down. Before cutting down a silver birch tree, contact the local authority to check if there is any preservation order on the tree. Most states in the U.S. have working ordinances that require protection of trees that have reached a certain diameter.
The silver birch tree is a deciduous tree that drops its leaves during fall. It has light winged seeds that are easily blown away by the wind. The seeds are often the cause of allergies among residents who have or live near a silver birch tree. A large number of insects, such as butterflies and moths, feed on the bark and leaves of the tree, which makes it a difficult ornamental tree to maintain. The frequent infestations can kill a silver birch tree and lead to the tree's removal.