- Year-round color
- Smooth white bark
- Highest deer-resistant rating tier
- Grows 50' to 70' with 35' spread
- Zones 2 to 7
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, HI
Zones 2 - 7
The Paper Birch can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Paper Birch falls into the following type(s): Ornamental Trees, Shade Trees
50' - 70' High
The Paper Birch grows to be 50' - 70' feet in height.
The Paper Birch has a spread of about 35' at full maturity.
Medium to Fast Growth
This tree grows at a medium to fast growth rate. [More about this.]
This birch does well in full sun, partial shade.
The Paper Birch grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
This birch has oval shape.
Appreciated for its distinctive bark and the golden color of its fall foliage, the Paper Birch tree provides excellent contrast for any landscape. It is the state tree of New Hampshire.
Wintering moose find the sheer abundance of paper birch in young stands important, despite it's poor nutritional quality. White-tailed deer eat considerable amounts of paper birch leaves in the fall. Snowshoe hare browse paper birch seedlings and saplings, beaver find it a good second choice food and porcupines feed on the inner bark. Voles and shrews join with Redpolls, siskins, and chickadees eating paper birch seeds. Numerous cavity-nesting birds nest in paper birch, including woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, and swallows. Pecking holes in the bark, the yellow-bellied sapsucker finds the paper birch a favorite tree. Hummingbirds and red squirrels then feed at sapwells created by sapsuckers. Ruffed grouse eat the catkins (flowers) and buds.
The Paper Birch tree is steeped in the romance of the north woods, most notably for the use of its bark in canoe construction, as a fire-starter, and as a bearer of messages. Most recent uses include products that require a hard, close-grained wood that does not splinter easily. At one time people would peel layers of the thin, paper-like bark and write messages on it, thus the name Paper Birch.
This tree thrives with normal moisture, but has some drought tolerance.
The leaves are about 2 to 4 inches long and borne on leaf stem about 1 inch long. Margins are double-toothed and leaves are arranged alternately. Leaves are medium green in summer to bright yellow in fall.
Flowers are brown or green.
The flowers bloom in April to May..
The fruit is elongated, 1 to 3 inches, brown, attractive to wildlife.
The Paper Birch offers year-round beauty, with smooth white bark, brilliant yellow fall leaves, and stately grace against the winter sky. This fast-growing tree does best in full sun, well-drained, acid, moist, sandy, or silty loam soils. A great choice for landscapes that have deer problems, as it is rated in the highest natural resistant tier. Grows 50' to 70', 35' spread. (zones 2-7)
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.