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.

Similar Species

Downy Birch Betula pubescens

Identification difficulty

Woods and heaths.

When to see it

April and May.

Life History


UK Status

Quite common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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