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Birches in Winter

Regular readers of Greenbenchramblings will be very aware of my love of Birch trees in all their many guises. In this post I shall highlight our native Betula pendula.

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The texture of its silvered bark metamorphoses as it ages from a smooth shining silver to a pattern of deeply fissured elephant skin.

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Our native Birch is a relatively short-lived tree so within any mixed woodland fallen specimens litter the ground. They will slowly dissolve away through the actions of the tiniest creatures and a multitude of fungi.

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Perhaps the best way to finish off this series of  photos of my favourite trees, the Birches, is with a set of pictures of groups of them standing like cold sentinels.

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By greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.

6 replies on “Birches in Winter”

I love them and the white birch tree, Betula papyrifera, is the state tree of New Hampshire. Sadly for all of us, my grandson is quite allergic to birch pollen so I enjoy your posts and the beauty of the clump across the road from our property.

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