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Betula papyrifera

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

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Known for its peeling, papery white bark, Betula papyrifera is fast growing. Bright green leaves can turn yellow or even orange before falling in a good crisp autumn. Attractive, easy to grow garden or woodland tree.
Note: immature bark is bronze-brown and can take 4-6 years to turn white.

Supplied bare root - not in containers.
Size: bundles of 50 bare root plants, (approx 60 - 100 cm tall).
Available from late November to February.

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Betula papyrifera | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
1 litre × 50

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Common names

Paper birch, Canoe birch, White birch, Birch


Betula papyrifera (Paper birch). This is a popular birch. The bark is bright silver-white to light blue, and the branches will provide a welcome site in the winter. They will need ample water, and will not tolerate long periods of drought. The leaves are about 10cms long and will turn yellow in the autumn.


They are fully hardy. You will need to plant in a sunny position in any moist and well drained soil; some species will prefer acidic soil. The young trees should be transplanted in the autumn.

Interest and use

Ornamental tree

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Betula papyrifera | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
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