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Downy Birch

Betula Pubescens

PLANT FAMILY

Betulaceae.

AROMA

Sweet.

TASTE

Flavour similar to popcorn.

CHARACTERISTICS

Mature downy birch trees can reach 30m in height, forming a light canopy with elegant, drooping branches. Flowers bloom from April to May and are long and yellow-brown in colour, hanging in groups of two to four at the tips of shoots. The bark is white all year round and twigs are softly hairy to the touch.

In Celtic culture, notably in the Hebrides, birch was traditionally synonymous with birth, love and purity, and was often placed over cradles to keep the young safe from evil spirits.

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