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Betula pendula var laciniata - Weeping birch

Weeping Birch
Betula pendula var. laciniata
Family: BETULACEAE

This tree is a variety of the European birch that has deeply incised leaves and weeping branches. As with most birches, its bark will peel off in thin paper like sections. Birches commonly grow in a mycorrhizal association with a fungal partner Amanita muscaria (Fly agaric). The fungal partner penetrates the roots of the birch to allow exchange of nutrients and carbohydrates.