This tree can grow to be about 40 to 80 feet tall and requires the full sun exposure only, similar to the silver birch (since it is a sub species). Birch species readily hybridise. Here are six species or varieties. See more ideas about tree, tree identification, tree bark. Silver birch is a pioneer tree. Bark and other characteristics help tree enthusiasts identify birches and distinguish between species. Silver Birch is widespread in Britain, Down Birch is more common in the Scottish Highlands and the others are introduced species or varieties planted in parks, gardens or urban settings for their striking bark. The dwarf birch (Betula nana) can be found in the Highlands of Scotland. Ash tree bark is smooth and pale grey in saplings. Depending upon the type of birch, the bark can be white, silver or variations of both, developing dark gray to black markings or horizontal streaks of gray as the tree ages; the bark on older trees is much darker than on young trees. Birch is the name of a certain tree of the genus Betula, in the family Betulaceae, closely related to the beech/oak family, Fagaceae. If you’re into wilderness survival, this would be a great skill for you, as it would help you to know the kind of trees whose wood you can use to make a fire or tools, or a shelter. Birch trees can be identified by their distinctive bark. Wild cherry tree bark is shiny and maroon, with ‘tiger’ stripes; often also deep grooves and lenticel strips. That means it is one of the first trees to colonise new (or cleared) land. It grows widely across the UK preferring a drier, sandier soil then downy birch.This often means downy birch is the more common birch in Ireland and Scotland and at higher altitudes. After the last Ice Age, they were amongst the first species to colonise the UK. With age, the bark develops shallow grooves, deep fissures and bosses. Birch species are generally small to medium-sized trees or shrubs, mostly of northern temperate and boreal climates. Here is some detailed information on birch trees. River Birch Tree; Silver Birch Tree; Water Birch Tree; Weeping Birch Tree; Yellow Birch Tree; Birch Tree: Facts & Info on Birch Trees. There are obviously many options of birch trees and other foliage hat you can go with for your home, but we believe we have picked out the best of the best that can make your house and yard look like a quaint and beautiful home. Apr 6, 2018 - Explore Steve Ferrick's board "Tree Bark Identification" on Pinterest. Old bark peels off in ribbons. The simple leaves are alternate, singly or doubly serrate, feather-veined, petiolate and stipulate. To identify a tree by its bark, the first step is to look at its various parts and on the basis of these, find it out in a tree guide. They are relatively short lived trees, which are quick to colonise open areas: they are a pioneer species. They often appear in pairs, but these pairs are really borne on spur-like, two-leaved, lateral branchlets.