Silver birch is a striking, medium-sized deciduous tree. When mature they can reach 30m in height, forming a light canopy with elegant, drooping branches. The white bark sheds layers like tissue paper and becomes black and rugged at the base. As the trees mature, the bark develops dark, diamond-shaped fissures. Twigs are smooth, and have small dark warts.
Look out for: its bark, which is white, and its triangular-shaped leaves.
Identified in winter by: bark that is white year-round and twigs that are rough to the touch.