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Observed: 20th June 2011 By: Lucy CorranderLucy Corrander’s reputation in PlantsLucy Corrander’s reputation in PlantsLucy Corrander’s reputation in Plants
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Plump catkins - vary in length between half an inch and an inch long.
The ones in the top picture are at the yellow end of green.
They open and go brown - see examples in the third picture along with individual leaves.
The leaves are up to three inches in length but mostly smaller.
On tree which has shiny red bark with white flecks. (Middle picture.)
Because the base of the tree is in a dip, I can't get to its foot or tell how tall it is. I am seeing only its top. There are three trees together, possibly four, so I don't know what shape top a tree on its own would have.
Beside what used to be a railway line near the sea.
The first photo (of catkins on the tree) was taken on June 20th 2011. The other two on 7th July.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Downy Birch (Betula pubescens) interacts


Lucy Corrander's picture


But would Betula pubescens have distinctly red bark? You can see its redness from a distance, especially in winter, as well as close up.

I've now been back to the tree and have added photos of the bark, of individual leaves and of catkins at different stages.


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mmm, good point, could it be

mmm, good point, could it be an alien species? The very fat catkins do not look quite right for pubescens either. SOrry, don't think I can help any further

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batwhittler's picture

B. pubescens??

Check the twigs with a lens. Silver birch just spotty while Downy is hairy and spotty.

landgirl's picture


Looks like a young Betula albosinesis - I saw one the other day.