The bark of the birch tree is like a zebra, white with black stripes. If you walk in a forest, the pale wood stands out amongst the darker trees. The oil inside birch twigs smells like wintergreen.
The leaves of the birch tree are simple. There is only one leaf blade attached to the stalk. On each branch, the leaves are alternate. They are not located directly across from each other.
In Scottish and Irish folktales, the birch tree is a tree of new beginnings. In real life, it is one of the first trees to grow in an open field and start to create a forest.
In the old Irish alphabet called Ogham, the letter for a birch tree was a vertical line with one horizontal line sticking out to the right. This shape was easy to carve on stone or wood.
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