One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A European birch with silver-gray bark, common on poorer soils to the northern limit of tree growth.
Betula pendula, family Betulaceae
- ‘Much of the trail is in woodland: oak, ash, silver birch and magnificent beech trees line the route.’
- ‘Many silver birch and pine trees were planted to frame important views toward the house, and they are now reaching maturity.’
- ‘Guilt was replaced by the pleasure of the path, the coppiced hazel, the fallen silver birch rotting in their bark and fuelling the ecology, the willows, sedges and the bulbs about to burst.’
- ‘Large pine trees were left standing but smaller silver birch and beech trees were chopped down.’
- ‘Mature chestnut, beech, sycamore, silver birch and laurel trees are dotted around the property and ensure privacy and seclusion without interfering with the views.’
- 1.1North American another term for paper birch
- ‘Typical paper birch, also called white birch, canoe birch, or silver birch, and the other five geographical varieties, are the most widely distributed birches in North America.’
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