Name

Paper Birch

Scientific Name

Betula papyrifera

Wildlife Value

Good

Average height

60'

Origin

Native

Shade Tolerance

Intolerant

Drought Tolerance

Poor

Growth Rate

Mod/Rapid

Fruit

Seed

Special Characteristics

 bark peels in thin papery strips

Seedling Size

12" to 18"

 

General Description

The bark is a bright white, flaking in fine horizontal strips, and often with small black marks and scars. In individuals younger than five years, the bark appears brown with white lenticels, making the tree much harder to distinguish from other trees. Under favorable conditions paper birch can live over a hundred years. The mature fruit is composed of numerous tiny winged seeds packed between the catkin bracts that can spread to new locations with the help of wind. They start to drop in mid-August.  

 

Pests

Birch leaf miner, bronze birch borers, and birch skeletonizer

 

Uses

Betula papyrifera has a soft, yet moderately heavy, white wood. It makes excellent high-yielding firewood if seasoned properly. Its bark is an excellent fire starter, burning at high temperatures even when wet. While paper birch does not have a very high overall economic value, it is used in furniture, flooring, and Oriented Strand Board. The sap is boiled down to produce birch syrup.

Paper Birch (bundle of 25)

$35.00Price

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