A popular tree throughout Caelereth, the Birch Tree is known mainly for its usually thin bark, which, in some subspecies, can be used for paper. The leaves are ovate shaped and the trees themselves can be found in colors ranging from white and gray to yellow and red. The trees are also marked for their elegant, slender figure.
|Image description: The popular white birch tree. Picture made by Fluffy Ramblers.|
The Birch Trees tend to vary from region to region. However,
these trees tend to be slender, usually growing no more than a fore in
diameters. The bark of this tree is commonly thought of as being white or
grayish white, but also comes in yellowish or dark gray. The bark of Birch
Trees tends to be easily peeled off in horizontal layers as thin as parchment,
and indeed they can be used for just such a purpose. The Birch Tree varies in
size but can grow up to about 24 peds high, though some subspecies of Birch
will only grow about 12 peds high. These trees have slender, often delicate
branches and thus are not suitable for carrying nests of birds, though many
small finches may find a pleasant seat among their leaves.
The leaves of the Birch are usually ovate, or egg-shaped, though some subspecies have more triangular-shaped leaves. These leaves, which vary from a grayish green to a deep green and even a yellowish green will fall when the weather turns cold. During this time, the closed male catkins will appear. Why they are formed so early, no one really knows, but researchers believe it is because the male catkins take longer to form completely than the female ones, which appear in spring. Though the tassel-like catkin is composed of flowers, few actually consider them flowers, as the petals tend to be a grayish or yellowish green. In the summer, cones are formed containing Birch nutlets. These cones vary in size, sometimes appearing as an egg-shape while others have a thinner, more elongated shape. Their color ranged from a deep to tan-brown.
Territory. The Birch Tree can be found nearly everywhere, growing in clusters or pairs. They are found in most every forest on the Sarvonian continent, though they are found in the greatest population in Southern Sarvonia and parts of Nybelmar due to their affinity for warm and humidity (in most subspecies).
Usages. Birch Tree bark is a common parchment material. Sometimes it may be treated for a better color or so that it lasts longer or is not as frail. The catkin of the Birch Tree, when they’re in bloom, are often harvested and dried and used to scent a room, or are burned for a sweet aroma. Birch Trees are known for being excellent firewood as it burns slow. This tree can also sometimes be used to make a beer called "birch beer." Also, some subspecies have sap that is sterile and fresh enough to be used as a water source during times of drought. Birch water has a slightly sweet taste to it.
|Image description. A young male of the Kuglimz'Ura clan about to toss another log of birch wood on the fire. Picture drawn by Bard Judith.|
The male catkins appear in autumn, when it begins getting cold. Researchers are
puzzled over why, but many have come to the conclusion that the male catkin
simply requires more time to form than the female catkin, which appears in
spring. During spring, the tassel-like catkin will produce yellowish or grayish
green flowers that produce pollen of an aromatic scent, though some are allergic
to the pollen. The pollen tends to travel by way of
wind as malise
and other insects are not attracted to the flowers, perhaps because of their
The male catkins will call away while the female catkins will form into cones in the summer. These cones vary from a deep brown to a tan, though they may also have a reddish color to them. During late summer, the cones will open and in autumn, the cones will fall, spreading their nutlets across the ground. It may take a few years before a Birch Tree reaches adulthood.
Myth/Lore. All the trees in the Birch family are said to possess or host the legendary dryads - benevolent nature spirits that sometimes manifest themselves in the form of lovely females. The Birch's slender form, its delicately draping branches, and the somniferous rustle of its leaves certainly all contributes to its feminine appearance. Peasants of Southern Santharia and Nybelmar tell the story of the Russet Birchmaid, who will walk out of her tree on the first day of every month to search for human lovers.
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Information provided by Rayne Avalotus