Betula Pubescens (Common White Birch)
|Common Name(s)||:||Birch,White Birch|
|Tree Features||:||Coloured Bark,Low Fruit Fall|
|Mature Size||:||Medium to Large (15-20m)|
|Tree Type||:||Deciduous Broad Leaf|
|Tree uses||:||Woodland Sites,Avenue Trees,Parkland Trees|
Also known as the Downy Birch.
The Common White Birch is also known as Downy Birch.
Oil from its stem and bark is used in the production of leather, while the bark was once used for roofing in Scandinavia.
A native of both the UK and Europe, it ideally prefers damper soils than Betula pendula so is more commonly seen in the west.
Linnaeus classed this with Betula pendula, but it differs in not having pendulous branches and in having darker bark and downy young shoots.
The white bark peels into papery layers, but does not have the characteristic diamond shaped cracks of Silver Birch.
Very good for parks and verges.
It grows well on most soils.
Mature height: 15-20m