Paper Birch Fact Sheet
Family: Betulaceae - Birch family
Latin name: Betula papyrifera
Common name: Paper birch
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.
of Paper birch with leaves and catkins. The flowers
are borne on pendulous catkins - with male and female
flowers on separate catkins.
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
- 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
- rapid growth rate, short life span
- Height at 20 Years, Maximum (feet) 40
- Height, Mature (feet) 70
Picture of Paper birch taken on 5-16-2004.
Morton Arboretum accession tag 919-80*10 sd E-14/69-29
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