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Paper Birch, White Birch, Canoe Birch
Betula papyrifera
Paper birch in winter bark of paper birch Leaf of paper birch Seed from paper birch
Paper birch in winter
Bark of paper birch
Leaf of paper birch
Seed from paper birch
(Images courtesy G. Lumis)

Bark

On young trees the bark is brown; it turns white as the tree ages. The bark peels on older trees.

Pests

  • Susceptible to birch leafminer.
  • Moderately susceptible to bronze birch borer

General Comments

  • Native white-barked birch
  • A good selection in far northern climates (USDA Hardiness Zone 3), although it also does well further south (Ohio, Illinois)
  • Tolerates alkaline soils well

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