Silver Birch - Betula pendula
Erect tree to 30 metres. Bark silvery white in more mature trees and peeling. Leaves triangular and irregularly toothed, with drooping twigs. The yellow male catkins yellowish are present during winter, maturing with the leaves and then drooping. The female flower stands erect however.
Downy Birch Betula pubescens
Woods and heaths.
April and May.
Quite common throughout Britain.
Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 312 of the 617 tetrads.
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