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Tree  Silver Birch

Silver Birch - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
To help you identify different trees get the colourful fold out chart called "Tree Name Trail" from the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Betula pendula

Size: Grows to a height of arond 15 metres.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Flowering months: April to May.

Habitat: Prefers dry soils, but will colonise most areas.

Special features: The branches and triangular, toothed leaves (see picture) of the silver birch tend to droop downwards - hence the Latin name of "pendula".

When the tree is young the bark is a reddish-brown colour, but as the tree matures it becomes dark grey with silver-white patches (see picture).

Click to enlargeSilver birches can be affected by a fungus (Taphrina tugida) which causes abnormal clusters of twigs commonly known as "witches brooms".

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