|Photo 1. General image of Betula pendula
Betula pendula, commonly known as Silver birch, is a provincially yellow listed in BC. Federally it is not listed. It is part of the birch family. They are commonly found in mixed forest or deciduous forest habitats.
Betula pendula is a that is 10-30 m tall. The leaves are thin. The leaf shape is deltoid (shaped like greek letter delta, triangular, stem attaches to side), rhomboid (diamond-shaped), pennatilobe or acute (pointed, having a short sharp apex angled less than 90 degrees). Their edges are dentate, serrate or double serrate. Leaves are arranged alternate. Leaves are 1-6 cm long. The stems form is woody, stiff and erect. The stem is white or black in colour and has a peeling surface. Flowers are the male 3-6 cm long. Fruit are at least twice as wide as the body of the nutlets. The fruit are winged.
Their prefered habitat is mixed forest or deciduous forest. Sun exposure is typically full sun or sun or shade. They typically grow in organic, gravel or loamy soil. Moisture requirements are moist soil. And the pH requirements are neutral. It can be found from 0 m to 500 m in elevation. It can be found in British Columbia, Canada. Betula pendula is found in the coastal-western-hemlock biogeoclimatic zone(s).