Betula papyrifera - Paper Birch
Rarely living more than 140 years, this Paper Birch tree can either grow single or multi-trunked. Bark peels off in white paper-like layers displaying orange-brown bark beneath, this gives the Paper Birch its name. A wide range of song and game birds feed on its seed. Yellow fall color is showy.
- Exfoliating bark provides great winter interest
- Yellow fall leaves provide showy fall color
- Larval host for the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly
- Provides cover and nest sites for many birds
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Paper Birch has been used by Native American tribes to construct canoes, and relieve symptoms of burns, rashes, colds, and other medical ailments.
Grows well in average, moist, or wet soil.