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Downy Birch

downy birch

Betula pubescens

Its bark is shiny red-brown early on, developing into pink-white later with grey horizontal bands.

The downy birch is widespread on acid light soils and peats, woods, moors and heaths, mostly on damper soils.

It is used for plywood, turning, furniture, besom brooms, packing cases, aircraft frames, and pulp for writing paper.

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