Flora and fauna
in forest park Háj-Nicovô

Silver birch

Betula pendula

Silver birch

Silver birch (Betula pendula) is a deciduous tree belonging to the Birch family (Betulaceae) and is found in many parts of the world, especially the northern hemisphere.

It is considered a symbol of renewal and beginning, being the first tree to grow in places damaged by whirlwind or fire.

Birch has a characteristic white bark that peels off in thin layers and resembles paper. This paper-like material was previously used for writing and drawing.

Its wood is used for making furniture and parquet, having a fine texture and beautiful color. In the past, even skis were made out of it.

Its resin can be used for making syrup, which in some cultures is very popular.

Birch contains strong antiseptic substances, used in traditional medicine to treat inflammatory diseases and infections.

Its leaves positively impact soil quality, improving its structure and increasing the organic substance content.

Birch is popular in cosmetics for containing vitamins and minerals that help improve skin and hair condition.

In some cultures, its branches are used for making cooking whisks since they have antibacterial properties and thus help maintain cleanness and hygiene in the kitchen.

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