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Birch, Paper – 12-18″ (1-0)

Paper birch (Betula papyrifera) is a characteristic tree of northern forests.  It makes a great ornamental tree and also has excellent habitat value.  It is used in restoration projects because of its quick growth.  It is also used for pulpwood and historically for both food and medicine.  Its bark can be used to make canoes and other useful items.  Paper birch grows 50-70 feet tall and prefers moist soils.

SKU: PB-1218. Categories: , .

Product Description

  • Seedling Size:  12-18″
  • Seedling Age:  1-0
  • Mature Height:  50 – 70 feet
  • Mature Width:  25 – 50 feet
  • Soil Type: Loamy, Sandy
  • Moisture:  Moderate, Moist
  • Sun:  Partial Shade
  • Growth Rate:  Fast

Key Characteristics of Paper Birch

  • Catkins appear in early spring, two to four inches long.  They are not considered ornamental.
  • Leaves grow two to four inches long, turning a showy golden in autumn.
  • Well-known for spectacular peeling white bark.
  • Makes a great ornamental tree in northern climates.

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Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa) by Arnstein Rønning

Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa) by Arnstein Rønning

Paper birch makes a great alternative to invasive black alder (Alnus glutinosa).  Both plants like sunny, wet conditions.  Black alder is aggressive in wetland communities, replacing native vegetation.