About This Plant

Downy birch (Betula pubescens) is a deciduous tree native to Europe and Asia, known for its downy leaves, pendulous branches, and preference for wet habitats. It has light-coloured bark, small catkins, and its wood finds use in woodworking. Downy birch also contributes to local biodiversity and ecosystem stability.

The Story

Leaf

The Downy Birch leaves are typically small and measure around 2 to 5 centimetres in length. These leaves are ovate in shape with a pointed tip and serrated edges. The upper surface is dark green, while the lower surface is covered with fine, downy hairs, giving it a slightly fuzzy texture.

Produce

The Downy Birch produces small, winged seeds known as samaras, measuring approximately 2 to 4 centimetres in length. The seeds are attached to a papery wing that aids in their dispersal by the wind. The Downy Birch is known for its slender and elegant catkins, which can reach lengths of 3 to 6 centimetres.
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