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Silver Birch 2
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Jun 19, 2019 @ 5:20am
Jul 31, 2019 @ 1:20pm
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Silver Birch 2

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Silver Birch 2 by MrMaison

Knowing that I was going on a trip to Europe, I knew this tree was coming. Introducing Silver Birch 2.0 made with authentic textures straight from the countryside right outside Tampere, Finland.
This is my second attempt at the Silver Birch tree. Seeing them up close gave me a better understanding of the form and where they grow naturally. Other Scandinavian trees will follow this one, like the Scots Pine, Boreal Conifers, etc. so the Silver Birch can look right at home. Until then, these trees make great ornamental decor for your parks, lawns, entrances etc.

The Silver Birch (Betula pendula) is native from Western Europe to Asia and was also introduced in other parts of the world. Other names for it are "European white birch", "East Asian white birch" and "warty birch". It is a medium sized hardy deciduous tree. Aside from being a great decorative tree, it is used for forest products like firewood, brooms, furniture and even have medicinal value from various parts. It also shares value to surrounding wildlife and plants with it's open canopy that lets in plenty of sunlight providing good conditions for grasses, mosses and other plant life to grow.
More info here There are many resources to find facts about birch trees.

A special shout to Feindbild (who lended me his camera), MrMiyagi, Lazarusman, Avanya and AquilaSol for helping me with texture material. It was worth the mosquito bites and it was a pleasure meeting all the fellow modders who came to Finland and Colossal Order staff. This tree is dedicated to the Modder Meetup!

UPDATE 7/31/2019: I made the leaves richer with color.

Silver Birch 2- 2439 tris 2048x1024 textures

Strong Suggestions
Tree LOD Fix by TPB
To see them even further without them popping in and out use Ultimate Level Of Detail mod
Boformer's Random Tree Rotation mod
Also BloodyPenguin's No Radioactive Mod
And Prop and Tree Anarchy
Sharp Textures mod really makes a difference in how the foliage looks in game
The Tree De-Duplicator mod is good for when you get double trees.

Please Rate if you like it. Thank you and Enjoy!
MrMaison  [author] Aug 29, 2020 @ 9:05pm 
@MsBathory Thank you. I totally agree. Wonder why I did that for the first version and not this one. Will keep this in mind.
MsBathory Aug 27, 2020 @ 1:26pm 
This is a really lovely birch tree!

One note toward even more realism I'd like to make in case you're ever looking to 3.0 it, is that the very bottoms of the trees in real life are fairly dark grey and heavily textured with barely any silvery bits (think small-ish chunks between cracks) still showing while the tops of the trunks and branches are more of a smooth (if flaky) pure white with just dots and thin slashes of dark bark showing here and there. The same way the Scots Pine is more grey on the bottom and brighter orange toward the top, but not dark quite as high up and the change is a pretty smooth gradient.

It's definitely not a problem, but if the bottoms of the trees were darker it would help cut down the slightly cartoonish effect the pure white trunks have against the in-game grass texture.
notts1977 Jun 11, 2020 @ 12:33pm 
Amazing! Thanks for this.
egi Apr 5, 2020 @ 4:19pm 
can you make a winter version? :D
Шпротинка Nov 30, 2019 @ 3:30pm 
Великолепное дерево! Спасибо!
MrMaison  [author] Jul 1, 2019 @ 11:43am 
@Cengoman- Use the Ultimate Level Of Distance mod. The link is in the description.
Cengoman Jul 1, 2019 @ 11:40am 
can you fix render distance. Game doesn't render the tree after 100m
Pres Jun 24, 2019 @ 4:21pm 
Didn't know I wanted this so badly!!
Ecumenopolitan Jun 24, 2019 @ 12:47am 
Wow! This is the first birch on Workshop that looks about right to me! It will be an extremely important part of making realistic looking nordic mixed forests. Can't wait for the new Scots Pine! I think the spruces still hold up well despite being a couple of years old. If I can make a little suggestion for the upcoming pine tree, could you possibly make it slightly shorter than the original one? The old Scots Pine kinda feels too tall to me, although I have gladly used it on my maps. Thank you very much! Great Work!
Torque Jun 23, 2019 @ 8:41pm 
I've been trying to get those reference photos put together, but it has got to be one of the wetter summers in a few years. But upon a good sunny day I'll have those american Elm photos linked