Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Betula pubescens Ehrh. - Downy Birch
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Betula pubescens
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Betula pubescens
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(Map updated: March 2008)

Much more common than the silver birch (Betula pendula). This species is frequent in a variety of habitats: colonising old cut-out bogs, in mountain glens, in woodland. The leaf lacks the long point of the silver birch and the bark is darker, often remaining brownish even when mature, and generally less attractive.

All names: Betula pubescens Ehrh.