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Betula pubescens, Bradfield Woods

Observed: 18th April 2007 By: martinjohnbishopmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Plantsmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Plantsmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Plantsmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Plantsmartinjohnbishop’s reputation in Plants
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Description:
Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Downy Birch (Betula pubescens) interacts

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Rachy Ramone's picture

It could be...

...but I'd need a bit more info before making a firm ID.

For instance, were the young twigs softly hairy, or did they have white warts (lenticels) on them?

Did the bark show any of the typical birch black "diamonds"? (which would indicate B. pendula)

Was the bark creamy in colour, or whiteish?

Were the leaves shiny underneath, or greyish?

Was the ground around it wet, boggy, clay, or dry and sandy?

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

martinjohnbishop's picture

Young twigs downy and leaves

Young twigs downy and leaves not as shiny underneath as above as shown in the photograph. Ground is wet heavy clay.
Regret did not observe the trunk.

Rachy Ramone's picture

Sounds like pubescens, then.

The shape of the leaf and the margin supports an ID of B. pubescens.

It's hard to do from photos!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

martinjohnbishop's picture

Yes, the leaf margin is not

Yes, the leaf margin is not distinctly biserrate.