Birch Tree Leaves

I’ve always like birch trees. There’s just something about them, particularly the white birches with their white trunks that appeals to me. They somehow seem delicate and decorative.

As this vintage drawing of birch tree leaves shows, the shape of birch tree leaves can vary from tree to tree and even on the same tree but most are generally triangular. Two common forms of leaves are included in this drawing by the author and artist, Rex Vicat Cole (1870-1940).

Did you know that leaves on younger birch trees are generally larger than those on older trees? I would have thought just the opposite. Sounds like a good idea to help the trees grow stronger though.

This drawing is inverted, white on black. A number of the most popular images on Reusable art are inverted like this one. Hopefully, in time, Cole’s birch tree leaves drawing will become as popular. There are numerous tree drawings by Cole in his 1907 work British Trees v.2, I can’t wait to share more of them with you.


This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.