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Karelian birch
Karelian birch

The Karelian birch is one of the symbols of our forest and lake republic.

In classifying aspect the Karelian birch (Betula pendula Roth., f.carelica) refers to a specific type of the European birch (Betula verrucosa). It grows primarily in the southern parts of the republic, by groves or as a single tree. This is a not a tall tree, usually 5-7 m tall, sometimes it looks like a bush. The trunk is not smooth, with bumps and swellings. The wood has an original pattern. That's why Karelian birch is used to make furniture and souvenirs.

Artificial breeding of Karelian birch started in the 30th. It is being kept up to the present. The most famous is Karelian birch planting in the "Kivach" preserve.

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Created: 27 March 2000. Last updated: 27 March 2000.
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