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Posted on November 6, 2011 by Ash
Downy birch No. 1: too branchy!
This is the first update of the Set C downy birches (Betula pubescens) since May! There are now twelve Set C birches altogether: Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 25 & 27; No. 13 has unluckily died since May. I took the photos this afternoon – 970 days or 2 years & 8 months since I planted them all as seeds.
Downy birch No. 2: lovely form and the tallest of the lot at 47 cm.
No. 4: almost-straight stem (apart from that one kink).
No. 5: the second shortest at 22 cm tall.
No. 10: super-straight stem.
No. 14: average.
No. 15: nice, straight stem and the second tallest at 43 cm.
No. 21: doesn’t want to let go of those leaves.
No. 22: nice, straight stem with a strangely disproportionate branch.
No. 23: decent stem above the kink.
No. 25: the runt of the litter; very poor form and by far the shortest at 6 cm tall.
No. 27 – good stem.
The table below displays the approximate heights of all twelve surviving downy birches ranked in descending order. The measurements were made last Sunday – the 30th of October.
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