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Betula papyrifera

paper birch

Whether used as a dugout canoe or a maypole, this tree has worked its way into human culture in numerous ways. White bark peels away in delicate strips, contrasting beautifully with darker shades underneath. This swift grower is host to many butterfly species.

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Height: 25-45 ft
Spread: 15-25 ft
Hardiness Zone: 2-6

Bloom Color: Insignificant

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Winter Interest and/or Evergreen
Attracts Wildlife
Pollinator Powerhouse Plant
Attracts Songbirds
Host Plant
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Salt Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance

North American Distribution

paper birch - Betula papyrifera from Native Plant Trust
paper birch - Betula papyrifera from Native Plant Trust