Name: Downy Birch
Scientific name: Betula pubescens
Category: Trees and bushes
Nature Stars: 40
About: A small, spindly tree with thin branches. Found on heathland, moorland and mountainsides, as well as on damp soils.
How to identify: Birches are easily recognised by their white papery bark. A more upright tree than Silver Birch, less 'weeping'. Leaves are more rounded on hairy stalks.
Fantastic fact: Birch seeds are a favouite food for Siskins and Redpolls during the winter.
Photograph credit: Kristian Peters