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Betula papyrifera

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Betula papyrifera Paper Birch, White Birch, Canoe Birch,
Native: Foliage Type:
No Deciduous
Plant Type: Plant Habit:
Trees Fastigiate, Irregular Shape, Open Canopy, Upright

This birch was widely used by the native Indians for making canoes because of its waterproof bark. A decorative tree that is still used in the landscape because of its elegant habit and its striking white papery bark. Birches are often planted in odd number groups to reflect their natural forest look in the wild, the canoe or paper bark birch has slightly longer catkins then the normal Betula alba, and will tolerate very cold conditions and periods of dryness.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
10-25m 4-10m

Position: Soil Type:
Full Sun, Semi Shade Any

Landscape Use(s)
Feature, Foliage Feature / Colour, Formal Garden, Mass Planting, Park And Gardens

Pests & Diseases: Aphids, Rust

Cultural Notes:

Plant Care
Annual slow release fertiliser, Keep moist during dry periods, Mulch well

Family Name: Origin:
Betulaceae NorthAmerica

Foliage Colour: Green, Orange, Yellow
Flower Colour: Insignificant
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: N/A
Fruit: Yes

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Fast
Maintenance Level: Low
Water Usage: Medium / Moderate
Drought: Medium / Moderate
Frost: High
Wind: Medium / Moderate