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The Paper Birch can be expected to grow
in the zones listed. More information can be found on the arborday.org
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The Paper Birch grows to be 50' to 70' feet in height.
The Paper Birch has a spread of about 35' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a Medium to Fast growth rate.
The Paper Birch does well in Full, Partial Shade exposure(s).
The Paper Birch grows in Acidic, Clay, Drought Tolerant, Loamy, Moist, Sandy, Well Drained soils.
The Paper Birch has a(n) 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.
Beauty and romance may be the first images many people associate with the gleaming white paper birch. But this symbol of the North Country — and state tree of New Hampshire — has earned its place in history as a continuously useful tree. Today it is one of the best-loved trees of the New England landscape, planted often for the beauty of its distinctive bark and fall color.
Each tree and plant is guaranteed to grow, or we'll replace it within one year of shipment.
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.
Potted (also called containerized) trees are shipped in 4" containers. Because the roots are packed in soil, the trees don't
need to be dormant for shipping. Benefits to potted trees include:
Natural root (also called bare root) trees are shipped without soil around their roots. They are shipped when dormant in the spring and fall seasons. We dip the roots in a hydrating gel to keep them moist during shipping. Some advantages of natural root trees:
The Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University has an interesting article about the benefits of planting natural root trees. Look for the PDF entitled Creating the Urban Forest: The Bare Root Method
Plugged trees are grown in a soil plug. While not shipped in a pot, these trees do have soil around the roots. Benefits of this type of tree include:
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