paper birch - Betulaceae Betula papyrifera

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Taxonomy

FamilyBetulaceae
GenusBetula
Speciespapyrifera
Common Namepaper birch
iTree CodeBEPA

Plant Form

FormTree: upright, narrow or pyramidal crown
Height70 feet
Spread35 feet
DeciduousYes

Identification Description

Foliagegreen, doubly serrate edges, leaf base - symmetrical, rounded, pointed tipLeaf Type Information IconSimple
Needles0
Barkyoung- reddish with lenticels; then white peeling bark; then white with black furrows
Budred/brown, pointed with overlapping scalesBud Arrangement Information IconAlternate
Twigslender, red/brown with lenticels
Flowercatkins; male: performed (year before) at twig end; female broader and upright; male and female on the same tree (monoecious)
Fruitpaper cone containing small, circular winged nutlet
Fall Coloryellow

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min2aMin4.1SoilIntolerant
Max6bMax7.4SprayIntolerant

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntolerantLowNo

Species Status

Nebraska NativeYes Check
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
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