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Birch- The Tree Forging Relationships

Birch- The Tree Forging Relationships


“Mujhe bhi nahi malum tha yaar samja karo, aao btati hu” 

The Birch tree is a deciduous hardwood tree belonging to the Betulaceae family, which includes alders, hazel trees, and hornbeams. A close relative of the beech-oak family is the Fagaceae.

  • A large majority of Birch species can be found in temperate and boreal climates and are generally small and medium-sized trees or shrubs.
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  • Simple leaves are alternate, alternately serrated, feather-veined, petiolate, and stipulate. Two-leaved spur-like lateral branches support the flowers in pairs.
white birch


  • Fruits are small samaras, although in some species the wings are obscure.
  • The female catkins of alders (Alnus, another genus of the family) are woody and disintegrate when mature, falling apart to release the seeds, unlike the cone-like female catkins of alders.
  • Monoecious flowers open with or before the leaves. These leaves are usually between 3 and 6 millimetres long once fully grown.
  • Trees often grow in even-aged stands on light, well-drained, acidic soils. Following disturbances or fires, they rapidly colonize open ground, especially in secondary successional sequences.
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  • Birches are one of the first tree species to establish in primary successions, and they can threaten heathlands if they are not suppressed by grazing or periodic burning.
  • In general, birches are lowland plants, but some species, such as Betula nana, grow in the mountains.
  • The environments of Betula pendula and Betula pubescens differ in the British Isles, and some hybridization occurs, though both species are “opportunists in steady-state woodland systems”.
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  • Birchwood is fine-grained and pale, with an attractive satin-like sheen. There may be ripple figuring in the timber, which increases its value as veneer and furniture. Masur (or Karelian) birch is a highly decorative species of Betula verrucosa. Carolina has a ripple texture combined with attractive dark streaks and lines.

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Many modern and historical religions place spiritual significance on birches. Growing strong, forging relationships and adapting to unpredictable circumstances are all attributes associated with the birch in Celtic cultures. A characteristic of its adaptability is its ease and eagerness with which it repopulates areas damaged by fire or clearing.

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