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Betula papyrifera

Common Names: Paper Birch, White Birch
Betula papyrifera
Betula papyrifera

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fagales
Family: Betulaceae
Genus: Betula
Species: Betula papyrifera

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Paper birch is a medium sized tree, reaching between 50 and 80 feet tall.

The bark of this tree is a distinct white that peels off. Underneith the bark layer is a soft creamy orange color.

Paper birch leaves are alternate and simple. They are between 1 t o4 inches long, triangular, and toothed. In the fall, they turn a light yellow.

Habitat & Range

Paper birch grows best in recently disturbed areas, and is one of the first trees to move into these areas.

Their range reaches across much of Canada as well as many northern states in the US.

Featured image by James Dake.


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