Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)

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Forest Types: Boreal and Northern Hardwood


Northern tree with distinctive, peeling white bark; leaves egg-shaped and finely toothed.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: In rich or sandy soils; often mixed with conifers; frequently near water; often in bogs created by clear cutting.

Stature: 60-70 feet high; to 3 feet in diameter; with an open crown when mature.

Leaves: Egg-shaped; finely, doubly toothed; dark green above; yellow-green below.

Bark: White; peeling and papery; inner bark pinkish to orangish.

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Many mycorrhizal species, including Cortinarius alboviolaceus, Cortinarius armillatus, Lactarius glyciosmus, Lactarius pubescens var. betulae, Lactarius uvidus, Leccinum holopus, Leccinum subglabripes, and Paxillus vernalis . . . and many saprobic species, including Clitocybula abundans, Daedaleopsis confragosa, Fomes fomentarius, Gyromitra sphaerospora, Lenzites betulinus, Pholiota limonella, Piptoporus betulinus, Polyporus brumalis, and Tyromyces chioneus. Inonotus obliquus is a parasite that attacks paper birch.


Betula papyrifera

Betula papyrifera

Betula papyrifera

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