Paper Birch

Paper Birch
Betula papyrifera
Adirondack Flowering Crab Betula papyrifera is commonly used as a landscape tree for its striking coloration. It is a desirable ornamental to be planted around homes and public buildings, in parks, and on campuses. Moose, snowshoe hare, and white-tailed deer browse paper birch. Numerous birds and small mammals eat the buds, catkins, and seeds.

White birch is a deciduous small to medium sized native tree. The leaves are alternate, ovate or triangular, five to ten centimeters long. The flowers are male and female flowers in separate catkins two to four centimeters long, the catkins break up at maturity.

The fruits are mature seed catkins that are three to five centimeters long. The bark is thin, smooth, dark red to almost black on young stems, becoming reddish-brown and then bright creamy white.

Their availability may be limited, and they may cost a bit more than other varieties because of this slow production time.  Let me know if you have any experience with the Paper Birch.

Jim Barborinas
ISA Certified Arborist #0135
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