Common Name – Silver Birch
Irish Name – beith gheal
Latin Name – betula pendula
The Silver Birch tree is a deciduous tree that is native to Europe, Asia, and parts of North America. It is known for its distinctive white bark, which peels off in thin strips to reveal a darker layer underneath. The tree can grow up to 25 meters tall, and it has a slender trunk and a crown of branches that form a conical shape.
In the spring, the Silver Birch tree produces small, yellow-green flowers that hang in clusters from the branches. These flowers are followed by small, winged seeds that are dispersed by the wind. The tree’s leaves are bright green and triangular, with serrated edges.
The Silver Birch tree is a popular ornamental tree, and it is often planted in parks and gardens. It is also used for timber, as its wood is strong, durable, and easy to work with. The tree’s bark has been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including arthritis and rheumatism.