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Silver Birch

silver birch

Betula pendula

Its bark is shiny red-brown for the young trees, later changing to pink-white with grey horizontal bands.

The silver birch is widespread on acid light soils and peats; it can also be found in woods, moors and heaths, mostly on damper soils.

It is used for plywood, turning, furniture, besom brooms, packing cases, aircraft frames, and pulp for writing paper.

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