European White Birch

Betula pendula

White Birch: Full Tree - Click for larger image
  • Family: Betulaceae

  • Medium-sized tree

  • Open, pyramid-shaped crown

  • Long drooping branches

  • Height around 15m (50’)

Leaves
Twigs & Fruiting Structures
Bark
Distribution and Uses

Leaves

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White Birch: Leaves - Click for larger image
White Birch: Catkins - Click for larger image

Twigs & Fruiting Structures

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Bark

  • Smooth, white, flaky; peels into papery strips

Distribution & Uses

  • Prefers moist soils like lawns, parks, cemeteries; sometimes thickets, open forests

  • Distributed across United States; native to Europe and Asia Minor

  • Planted for ornamentation; grown for bark

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White Birch: Bark - Click for larger image