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These Young Birch Trees are part of our Trees & Scenic Material range, it
is suitable for 28mm, 15mm and 10mm games.
Birch is a broadleaved deciduous hardwood tree of the genus Betula in the
family Betulaceae, which also includes alders, hazels, and hornbeams, and is
closely related to the beech/oak family, Fagaceae. The genus Betula contains
30 to 60 known taxa. They are typically rather short-lived pioneer species
widespread in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in northern temperate and
Birch species are generally small to medium-sized trees or shrubs, mostly of
temperate climates. The simple leaves are alternate, singly or doubly serrate,
feather-veined, petiolate and stipulate. They often appear in pairs, but these
pairs are really borne on spur-like, two-leaved, lateral branchlets. The fruit
is a small samara, although the wings may be obscure in some species. They
differ from the alders (Alnus, other genus in the family) in that the female
catkins are not woody and disintegrate at maturity, falling apart to release the
seeds, unlike the woody, cone-like female alder catkins.
The bark of all birches is characteristically marked with long, horizontal
lenticels, and often separates into thin, papery plates, especially upon the
paper birch. It is resistant to decay, due to the resinous oil it contains. Its
decided colour gives the common names gray, white, black, silver and yellow
birch to different species.
The buds form early and are full grown by midsummer, all are lateral, no
terminal bud is formed; the
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