Birch, Paper


Betula papyrifera

Paper Birch is a fast growing, medium size tree, well known for it’s white, peeling bark. The leaves turn yellow in the fall. The trees can tolerate a wide variety of soil types but does best on rich, well drained sites. Paper birch is shade intolerant.

Paper birch is commonly planted for landscaping and wildlife habitat. Seeds, buds, and catkins are eaten by birds and small mammals.


  • Size: 18" - 24"
  • # per Bundle: 25
  • Soil Type: Adaptable - gravelly, silt, peat
  • Sun: Full sun
  • Moisture: Wet to Moderate
  • Height: 50'-70'
  • Growth Rate: Fast
North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District

505 3rd St N, Ste A,
Virginia, MN 55792
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4 Monday-Friday and by appointment

Upcoming Board Meetings

Wednesday, October 18th at 10:30 a.m.
This meeting will be held in-person at the SWCD office. A link is available to join virtually by contacting Anita at least 2 hours prior to the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

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