About 8metres tall. Damp scrub woodland with hazel, oak, ash, holly and some birch.
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Any ideas what this is? There seem to be a few in this Wood
The more I know the more I realise I don't know
Looks like birch trunk but leaves and upper tree is certainly not silver birch which are in same area. Any other ideas please
... not quite sure which one, from the photos provided.
If you can get back to the location, I would ask you to look at the base of the trunk, are there black diamonds at the base, or not?
Also, is your leaf a typical specimen? It seems quite large for a Birch leaf: you probably already know that leaves from suckers and low trunk growth are often much larger than the "proper" leaves up above.
It looks as though it is doubly toothed, which usually indicates B. jacquemontii (nope: the bark is not gloriously pink/white), nigra (nope - no flaking bark) or papyrifa (again, nope, no flaking bark).
Talking of leaves, what are they like underneath: glabrous (like the top surface, which appears shiny) or pubescent (hairy) in which case, hairy all over, or just on the veins only?
The rounded shape looks like B. pubescens (which would not have the black diamonds at the base of the trunk) but if so, it should have densely pubescent petioles (leaf stalks) which I can't see in your photos, and should have "glistening white hairs on veins beneath".
Birches do hybridise....
Hope this helps
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