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Paper Birch, Canoe Birch - Betula papyrifera, Betula grandis (latin)

Areas of origin: Canada and Northern United States. Introduced in 1750.
Adult Dimensions: Height up to 30 metres,(98.4') width up to 15 metres (49.2').
Foliage: Deciduous.
Soil Type: All.
Hardiness: Hardy to -36°C.
Exposure: Full sun.


Properties and uses:
The very white bark of this lovely tree is smooth and silky and the leaves become beautiful shades of golden yellow in autumn. This vigorous tree is planted alone, and sometimes cut into a standard. Bonsai enthusiasts enjoy working on this variety. American Indians use the bark to make canoes. The wood is used for making barrels, turning and paste for paper.

See also:
Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis), in winter, its bark will peel off in long strips of brown, copper, rose or white
Silver Birch (Betula pendula), extremely beautiful bark, white with dark scars

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