Downy Birch

(Beith chlúmhach)

Downy Birch

Species Name (Irish): Beith chlúmhach
Species Name (Latin): pubescens
   

There are two types of birch in Ireland, downy and silver. The most usual is the downy birch, which like silver birch is a delicate tree with fine branches and small leaves. The springtime flowers are catkins which stay on the tree and contain the mature seed by autumn. Birch will grow in poor soils, but likes a sunny position. Downy birch is tolerant of wet sites.