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White Birch

Betula papyrifera

Soil Preference: Acid soil, Moist, well-drained soil. Light Exposure: Full sun

White Birch

The white birch is a medium-sized tree that can be 25 metres tall. The tree's trunk is covered in thin, smooth white bark that peels off in large sheets. Bark from the white birch is very strong and pliable — it can be used to make canoes. Buds, leaves and seeds from the white birch are a great source of food for birds and animals. Leaves from the white birch tree are egg-shaped or triangular in shape and are 5 to 10 centimetres long. They are dull green on top and lighter green and slightly hairy underneath. Within forests, it often grows with a single trunk but when grown as a landscape tree it may develop multiple trunks or branch close to the ground.

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