Silver birch is one of the most recognised and popular trees in Britain. Its silvery white bark and drooping branches make this a very decorative tree for planting both as a landscape tree and in small gardens. It may be a delicate looking tree but it is very hardy and like the rowan can be found growing on the side of mountains. The silver birch has been respected by pagan Celtic and Germaniac tribes as it was thought to be a 'holy' tree with sacred powers of purification so twigs were used in the ritual of driving out the spirits of the old year. Only use for the timber is tool handles and backs for brushes.
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