Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)

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Description

Paper Birch, also commonly called white birch, is found in all forested regions of Canada and grows to a height of about 15 meters. It is excellent for landscaping because of its small to medium size, attractive bark and light shade and makes a pretty centerpiece in a garden.

Unlike the yellow birch, the paper birch needs to be planted in full sun to flourish. In the forest, this tree is a colonizer of clearings or after forest fires. It is often found at the forest edge, where it establishes quickly in full sun.

Trunk formations of paper birch vary, with some trees having single trunks and others forming clumps with multiple trunks.