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birch family

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1.
the plant family Betulaceae, characterized by deciduous trees having simple serrate leaves, male flowers in drooping catkins, female flowers in short clusters, and one-seeded nuts, and including the alder, birch, hazel, and hornbeam.
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  • The white bark of this European poplar reminds us of the birch family, though it has no silky fringe shedding from the surface.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • THE blue beech, or American hornbeam, belongs to the birch family rather than to the beeches.

    Forest Trees of Illinois Fuller George D.

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