Betula papyrifera

Paper Birch, White Birch (American White Birch, Canoe Birch)

Categories: Trees

This tree is noted for its white bark, which exfoliates in papery strips to reveal an orange-brown inner bark. Mature trees develop black markings on the white bark.

More About Betula papyrifera

  • species of birch native to northern North America
  • Performs best in cool northern climates where summer temperatures rarely exceed 75 degrees F. and where root zones are generally covered with snow throughout the winter.

Quality clear yellow fall color. Tiny monoecious flowers appear in early spring in separate catkins on the same tree: yellowish-brown male flowers in drooping catkins (to 4” long) and greenish female flowers in smaller, upright catkins (to 1 1/4” long).

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25-45 ft


15-25 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Betula papyrifera Characteristics


  • Drought Tolerant
  • Exfoilating Bark
  • Mass Plant
  • Specimen


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade
  • Does best in full sun

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Tolerates most soils


  • Vase-like
  • Upright
  • Spreading