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Native Plant Guide

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paper birch

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small paper birch
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young paper birch bark and leaf (older trees bark is white) mature paper birch bark paper birch
paper birch catkins

Betula papyrifera

Deciduous Tree

Height: 90 ft.

Availability: Medium

Growing ease: Medium

Moisture req.: moist

Exposure req.: sun - part shade


Plant description:

Paper birch is known for its white, peeling, paper-like bark that is found in mature specimens. The bark is dark in young trees. It has a smaller, more delicate appearing leaf than alder and can look nice planted in groves.

Keywords: butterflies, fast, upright, white