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Paper Birch

Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.250 W94 53.049

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Leaves alternate, simple, 2 to 3 inches long and coarsely serrated

Native Locale:
Greenland, Labrador to British Columbia, Alaska and Washington south to Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nebraska, and Montana

Mature Height:
50 to 70 feet

Mature Width:
Spread equal to one 1/2 to 2/3

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 2 to 6(7)

Soil Preference:
Adapted to colder climates; available to wide variety of soils but does best in well- drained, acid, moist, and or silty loams

Growth Habit:
Loosely pyramidal in youth developing an irregular, oval to rounded crown at maturity; usually maintaining its branches close to the ground unless limbed up

Rate of Growth:
Medium to Fast; over a 10 to 20 year period averaging 1 1/2 to 2 feet growth every year

Disease and Insect:
Much more resistant to bronze birch borer than B. Pendula

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