Silver Birch Catkins

This must be the first year, OK we have only been in this house three, that I have seen so many catkins on the silver birch trees in the garden. They look absolutely wonderful!

What happens to them? do they just fall off? or do they flower?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,060

    They are the flowers, then they seed and the deeds blow away in the wind

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    All the catkins have just fallen off our two birch trees on the ground.  A huge amount this year.  The ones that fall on the grass I just mow up and then compost them.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,060

    They come in male and female on the same tree. the dropped off ones will be the males. females are smaller

  • thanks for that, they do look lovelyimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,060

    I love birches, a bit dry for them here but they surviveimage

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