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Collected birch ;) - 25 April 2020
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Author:  Brendan [ 04 May 2020, 17:33 ]
Post subject:  Collected birch ;) - 25 April 2020

Hi All

I just collected this little beech from a quarry near me. It was basically a matter of having to grab it by the trunk and pull it out as it was about to be driven over.

Luckily the roots were shallow and the soil sandy, so I got quite a lot of both thick roots and feeder roots.

I popped it into a pot and its in the shade to recover. It's been in the pot a week and the leaves are more turgid now than in the pic, so here's hoping it will survive.

It has a really nice white bark and I'd be grateful for an ID?

Not planning on doing anything to it at all this season, apart from feeding it starting in about a week.

Image20200425_131726 by BrendanR2012, on Flickr

Author:  Betula [ 04 May 2020, 20:42 ]
Post subject:  Re: Collected beech - 25 April 2020

Think you need to look at it again. Its not a Beech!! Silver birch Betula pendula- Should have gone to Spec Savers!! LOL

Author:  Gary Jones [ 04 May 2020, 21:05 ]
Post subject:  Re: Collected silver birch - 25 April 2020

White bark and kite shaped leaves. Hmmm....... methinks Betula knows his betulas.

Sometimes life's a beech - but other times not! :07hysterical:

Enjoy your new silver birch.

Author:  cmarkr [ 04 May 2020, 21:33 ]
Post subject:  Re: Collected beech - 25 April 2020

Or if it's collected from the wild in the south then IIRC more likely to be Downy Birch, Betula Pubescens. Are the new shoots and leaves slightly furry or shiny? Furry = downy, shiny = silver

Author:  Brendan [ 05 May 2020, 11:13 ]
Post subject:  Re: Collected beech - 25 April 2020

Funny thing is in my mind I was saying birch but my fingers typed beech. Locked down too long.

It is not a downy birch as I have one of them. So thanks, it seems I have a Silver birch Betula pendula.

Thanks to the collective! (PS I'll re-name this post)

Author:  Betula [ 05 May 2020, 20:27 ]
Post subject:  Re: Collected birch ;) - 25 April 2020

Lifes a beech sometimes!!

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