Downy Birch

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.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a narrow, conical shape and white bark that peels in thin layers. It has triangular, serrated leaves that turn yellow in autumn.


The Produce

The seeds are attached to a papery wing that aids in their dispersal by the wind.


The Flowers

Produces small, yellowish catkins in spring.


The Leaves

These leaves are ovate in shape with a pointed tip and serrated edges.


The Bark

The bark is white and peels in thin layers, revealing a smooth surface underneath.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in woodlands, gardens, and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The bark and leaves offer food and shelter.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental bark and timber. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Downy Birch is known for its striking white bark, which adds year-round interest to landscapes.

The Connection To Burton Constable

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