I have this tree in my garden and I am courious to know what kind of tree it is and how big will it grow? Can anyone identify it? enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

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Looks like Betula pendula commonly known as Silver Birch. The white bark is typical of these trees - they do produce male and female catkins in early spring. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betula_pendula

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    Be warned that silver birch is very "insect-friendly". That might seem like a good thing, except that they attract plagues of aphids, which don't seem to harm to tree but can spread elsewhere. I leave my wheelie bins for weekly collection close to a silver birch tree, and sometimes the bin has thousands of aphids crawling all over it after being left there for a few hours!
    – alephzero
    Mar 30, 2020 at 21:05
  • Interesting. What is it about this tree that makes it attract so many aphids? Mar 30, 2020 at 22:23
  • I can confirm the insect friendly condition. They do make great candle holders once its lifespan has completed. Royal Frost Birch is an alternative that resists the bore beetle.
    – Evil Elf
    Mar 31, 2020 at 11:44

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