Paper Birch 12-18" Seedlings

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Paper Birch, 12-18" Seedlings

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Paper Birch

Betula papyrifera

The Paper Birch displays the classic chalky white bark of a birch tree and makes a great contrast to almost any landscape.  The golden color of this tree in autumn is quite a sight and the unique bark color provides great winter interest.  The Paper Birch has characteristics that make it a favorite as an ornamental specimen or planted in clumps of 3, 5 or 7.  This version of the Paper Birch has a high resistance to birch borers.

  • Zones
    2 to 6
  • Soil Type
    Clay, Loamy & Sandy soils
  • Site Selection
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Mature Height & Width
    50-70' Height and 35' Spread
  • Growth Rate
    Medium to fast - 12-24" per year on average
  • Moisture Requirements
    Dry to wet soils - will do best in moist but well drained soils

Product questions

  • Gary Michalski
    Apr 24, 2019, 18:48

    How far apart do I space the paper birch saplings?

    Apr 25, 2019, 16:09

    Part of spacing is personal preference for the desired effect. If you are interested in creating a dense or clump planting, you can plant them as close as a few feet apart and they will still thrive. Making your own woods, you could plant them at 1/2 their mature width, or approximately 15 feet apart. The sky is the limit as far the maximum you would like to plant.

This selection is also known as the White Birch and the Canoe Birch.

The Paper Birch likes moist areas but will do well in upland areas as well.  Will thrive with average moisture, but does have some drought tolerance.  The Paper Birch is the state stree of New Hampshire.

Fun Facts:  Native Americans and early settlers used to use the peeling bark to write messages on, hence the name Paper Birch.  Also, the bark from this birch was once used for canoe construction.

Common Uses:

  • Ornamental - beautiful and unique white bark
  • Specimen or planted in groups
  • Great wildlife value
  • Part of a windbreak or riparian buffer planting

Wildlife love the Paper Birch tree.  White-tailed deer eat considerable amounts of Paper Birch leaves in autumn.  The seeds are food source for Voles and Shrews as well as Siskins, Chickadees and Redpolls.  Cavity nesting birds such as Woodpeckers, Chickadees, Nuthatches and Swallows love this tree.  Ruffed Grouse eat its catkins and buds.  In all, the Paper Birch is used by over 30 different types of birds and mammals.

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