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Betula papyrifera

Common Name(s):
Canoe birch, Paper birch
Category:
Trees
Comment:

White bark that peels off in strips; somewhat borer-resistant; best grown in a northern climate; easy to transplant; not pollution tolerant; casts light shade; shallow roots; short-lived; larval host plant for lunar moth

Height:
50-70 ft.
Flower:
Non-showy flowers; 1- to 1.5-in. fruit on pendulous catkins
Zones:
2-7a
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun; prefers moist, well-drained, sandy soil, but will tolerate a range of soil types
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Loosely pyramidal when young; irregular oval to rounded with age; usually retains low branches; single or multi-stemmed
Width:
25-45 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to rapid
Leaf:
2- to 4-inch, alternate, simple leaves; rich yellow to golden yellow fall color
Tags:
deciduous

NCCES plant id: 1922

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