Paper Birch Fact Sheet
Family: Betulaceae - Birch family
Latin name: Betula papyrifera
Common name: Paper birch
- Whole plant/Habit:
shows summer habit of Paper birch
- Grows well in all types of soil, and tolerates
wide variations in rain fall
- Best adapted
to colder climates, and doesn't do well in most of
the United States
- Rapid growth rate, short life span
- Height at 20 Years, Maximum (feet) 40
- Height, Mature (feet) 70
- Paper birch with leaves and catkins.
- Borne on pendulous catkins - with male and female
flowers on separate catkins.
up picture of single leaf and catkin of Paper birch.
- Leaf margin of the Betula
papyrifera is double serrate.
- Leaf shape
- Leaf venation is pinnate.
- Trunk of Paper birch with peeling bark
- Bark is white, smooth and is
covered with lines of raised pores or lenticels
- 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
- No toxicity
Morton Arboretum accession tag 919-80*10 sd E-14/69-29
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