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Found: in rich, moist woods, near streams and lake banks
Height: 15-21 meters (50-70 feet)
Leaves: generally oval shaped with tapering tips. The leaves are doubly serrated and are dark green and shiny above and yellowish underneath.
Bark: The paper birch has a very characteristic white, peeling bark.
Uses: A compound found in all birches, betulinic acid, is being investigated as a potential anti-cancer drug. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Betulin, a compound contained in birch bark, also has anti-inflamatory and antiviral activity.