Silver Birch

Name: Silver Birch

Scientific name: Betula pendula

Category: Trees and bushes

Nature Stars: 30

What are nature stars?

About: A small, spindly tree with thin branches. Found on heathland, moorland and mountainsides, as well as on dry sandy soils.

How to identify: Birches are easily recognised by their white papery bark. Told from the similar Downy Birch by the more triangular leaves with more jagged teeth, and the hairless leaf stalks.

Where: Widespread.

Fantastic fact: The Silver Birch is the food plant for two species of shieldbug: the birch shieldbug and the parent bug, which can both be found feeding on the catkins in the late summer.

Photograph credit: Philip Precey

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