Belongs to: trees

Silver birch Betula pendula

Best time to see: all year

Key facts

An erect tree with weak, pendulous branches and papery, peeling white bark; up to 30m

Pointed leaves with serrated edge; catkins open March-April

A pioneer tree, quick to colonise open areas such as heaths, after which they are very difficult to eradicate

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