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Birch Tree

14 Mar , 2015  

birch Birch TreeLatin Name: Birch

Description: The very name Birch, in its identity with “bark,” “barque,” or “barge,” suggests the time when its silver rind formed the canoes of our early British ancestors, such as have been found buried in the gravels of the banks of the Clyde. This etymology does not seem, however, to have suggested itself to Turner, since in his “Names of Herbes” (1548) he simply says:–” Betula–or, as some wryte it, betulla–is called in greeke, Semida; in englishe, a birch tree, or a birke tree; in duche, ein birck baum; in frenche, bouleau or beula. It groweth in woddes and forestes.”