Silver Birch - Betula pendula

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    Woods and heaths.

    When to see it

    April and May.

    Life History

    Deciduous.

    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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