|Plant List||Fact Sheet||Scientific name:
Common name: Paper birch
Photograph showing summer habit of Paper birch. Although it grows well in all types of soil, and tolerates wide variations in rain fall, it is best adapted to colder climates, and doesn't do well in most of the United States.
Branches of Paper birch with leaves and catkins. The flowers are borne on pendulous catkins - with male and female flowers on separate catkins.
Close up picture of single leaf and catkin of Paper birch. The leaf margin of the Betula papyrifera is double serrate. The leaf shape is ovate and the leaf venation is pinnate.
Trunk of Paper birch with peeling bark. The bark is white and smooth and is
covered with lines of raised pores or lenticels
Picture of Paper birch taken on 5-16-2004.
Morton Arboretum accession tag 919-80*10 sd E-14/69-29
|Kingdom: Plantae -- Plants|
|Subkingdom: Tracheobionta -- Vascular plants|
|Superdivision: Spermatophyta -- Seed plants|
|Division: Magnoliophyta -- Flowering plants|
|Class: Magnoliopsida -- Dicotyledons|
|Family: Betulaceae -- Birch family|
|Genus: Betula L. -- birch P|
|Species: Betula papyrifera Marsh. -- paper birch P|
Source for classification listing: USDA, NRCS. 2004. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
Native to U.S.
Primary use as nursery stock product and pulp wood product. Medium use as a fuel wood product.
Highly palatable to browsing animals but not to humans
rapid growth rate, short life span
Height at 20 Years, Maximum (feet) 40
Height, Mature (feet) 70
Low tolerance to drought, intolerant to shade
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