West Highland Flora

Downy Birch


Betula pubescens

 

Betula pubescens

Photo Carl Farmer
17 Apr 2003 Portree
Tree c 6.5 m high

A common tree in woodland and beside burns.  Also isolated specimens or small clumps in open moorland.

Tree c 4-20 m tall.  Leaves c 2-4 cm long.

ID: Leaves as in picture below, irregularly toothed but not with clear primary and secondary teeth as in Silver Birch.

Other features: Female catkins borne singly along the twigs, male ones at the ends of the twigs, often in pairs making conspicuous V-shapes on the winter tree.  Bark silvery, turning a rich copper colour in patches.  Branches not drooping like Silver Birch, though some may have a downward drift.

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Betula pubescens

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Sep 2001 Scorrybreac

 

Betula pubescens

Photo Carl Farmer
4 May 2002 Suardal

  Betula pubescens

Photo Carl Farmer
5 Jan 2003 Scorrybreac

 

Betula pubescens

Photo Carl Farmer
6 May 2006 Suardal
Catkins c 5-6 mm wide

  Betula pubescens

Photo Carl Farmer
6 May 2006 Suardal
Catkin c 5.5 mm wide

Male catkins

 

Betula pubescens

Photo Carl Farmer
5 Jan 2003 Scorrybreac
Catkin c 17 mm long

Female catkin

  Betula pubescens - early spring leaves

Photo Carl Farmer
27 Mar 2005 Scorrybreac
Picture c 8.3 cm wide

Early spring leaves


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