×
To buy, sell or swap plants and use our full service please log in or sign up – GreenPlantSwap is completely free!
Record your plants before you lose the plant labels! Just tick the ‘Garden’ box (below) on each plant. Learn more

Betula papyrifera

Paper birch

Garden

Wishlist

  • Betula papyrifera | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • Betula papyrifera | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018

Features

  • Blooms & FruitsJuly & March
  • Height8m to 20m
  • Spread7m to 12m
  • Growth HabitUpright conical
  • Flower ColourYellow-green
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

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.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Canoe birch, White birch, Birch

Origin

Central Northeastern USA and Canada

Interest and use

Ornamental tree

Search or browse our Glossary of 3,000+ botanical and plant-related terms


Have something to say about this plant?
Click to write a post, ask a question or share a tip.


  • Betula papyrifera | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • Betula papyrifera | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018

Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

Propagation is by grafting in late winter or by softwood cuttings in the early summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids, sawfly, honey fungus and mildew may cause problems.

Search or browse our Glossary of 3,000+ botanical and plant-related terms


Have something to say about this plant?
Click to write a post, ask a question or share a tip.


Have something to say about this plant?
Click to write a post, ask a question or share a tip.


Other Betula posts

To view Betula plants offered near you, enter your postcode or log in.

Get started & find out why

Posts of the WeekPosts & Events

Open your garden for Thrive
Watering

“It’s not just gardening,
it makes us healthier and happier”

Production v5.9.2 (00577d2)