Birch Trees

BIRCH  (Betula pendula)

Silver Birch is a striking, medium-sized deciduous tree native throughout the UK and Europe. Tolerant of a range of temperatures, it grows as far south as Spain and as far north as Lapland. It thrives in dry woodlands, downs and heaths. It is a popular garden tree and often hybridises with our other native Birch, the Downy Birch (Betula pubescens), which is more common in Scotland. [Woodland Trust]

Baltic Birch is among the most sought-after wood in the manufacture of speaker cabinets. Birch has a natural resonance that peaks in the high and low frequencies, which are also the hardest for speakers to reproduce.[citation needed] This resonance compensates for the roll-off of low and high frequencies in the speakers, and evens the tone. Birch is known for having "natural EQ". Drums are often made from Birch. Prior to the 1970s, it was one of the most popular drum woods. Because of the need for greater volume and midrange clarity, drums were made almost entirely from Maple until recently, when advances in live sound reinforcement and drum microphones have allowed the use of Birch in high-volume situations. Birch drums have a natural boost in the high and low frequencies, which allows the drums to sound fuller. Birch wood is sometimes used as a tonewood for semiacoustic and acoustic guitar bodies, and occasionally for solid-body guitar bodies. It is also a common material used in mallets for keyboard percussion. [Wikipedia]