Very similar to silver birch but more upright
The bark is usually smoother than silver birch and more coppery in colour in young trees
The leaf buds are alternate up the stem
Like other birch family members it produces catkins in spring
As the tree ages the bark becomes more silvery and is easily confused with silver birch but the bark is always smoother than that of its cousin.
Stoborough Tramway: 05-02-20