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White Paper Birch

Betula papyrifera

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Growing Zones: 4-9
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

50-70 ft.

Mature Width:

35 ft.


Full Sun

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Botanical Name:

Betula papyrifera

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The White Paper Birch Makes a Statement

The White Trunk Makes this a Distinctive Ornamental Tree
Once mature (give it 3-5 years) the trunk turns white and the bark actually “peels” into small sheets. Plant this tree as an ornamental and enjoy the striking distinction of its white bark year-round. 

It’s a wonderful accompaniment to greenery and bright florals in the spring and summer months. You’ll appreciate its beauty in autumn and winter too.  As the leaves fall and colors dull around your landscape with the change of seasons, your White Paper Birch continues to add interest with its unique white trunk.

Destined to be Your Favorite Shade Tree of All Time
In addition to the distinctive white trunk, you’ll get additional bonuses when large bright green leaves sprout.  The leaves are 2” to 4” long and provide ample shade to assist in cooling your home during warmer months. 

To accompany the vast leaves, bright yellow flowers blossom between April and May.  The combination of the white, yellow and green hues is truly remarkable!

Very Fast Growing
The growth rate of White Paper Birches makes them the preferred trees to plant in areas where trees were lost to fire, and in areas where many trees were cut down.

They tend to have one single trunk when they’re growing in the forest.  Often, when planted in a landscape setting, they can develop multiple trunks, providing even more flowering branches of colorful leaves and flowers.  

Wildlife are Attracted to it
Your White Paper Birch produces a sap that yellow-bellied sapsuckers love.  This enterprising woodpecker pokes holes in the bark to retrieve the sap, then hummingbirds and squirrels swoop in to delight in the treat made possible by the woodpecker. 

Moose and white-tailed deer will eat the leaves and bark from the trunk, as will porcupines.

For animal lovers, it’s always a treat to look out and discover a new four-legged friend that enjoys your tree as much as you do!

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Whats Up with the White Birch Trees?
I recently purchased a lot of evergreens and whie birch. Two of my evergreens are almost dead one more struggling. All others okay. My greatest concern is the white Paper Birch trees which I purchased. 5 have died in only a couple weeks. They arrived and all the leaves were dried up.
July 18, 2018
6 months ago
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Wonderfully healthy tree!
This tree arrived in beautiful condition. You would never it had shipped across the country as it was so well hydrated and packed with care.
It took the planting well and has grown a foot since placing in the ground. It is a very happy tree and I highly recommend this company to deliver high quality plants.
June 17, 2018
9 months ago
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They arrived quickly. I purchased the smallest size. We’ll see how they do. I will write another review after a year to update on growth rate...etc..
March 22, 2018
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your White Paper Birch

White Paper Birch Planting Diretions

Commonly referred to as "the oldest trees in Britain," the birch is a tree species with distinctive white bark and beautiful leaves making them as prized shade and ornamental trees. The leaves can be used to produce pleasant teas and infused oils. Parts of the birch can also be used as tonics and detoxifiers. Birch sap is refreshing and clear. It tastes wonderful when reduced by simmering down into golden brown syrup. Birch trees are most commonly planted in USDA growing zones 4-9.

Choosing a location: Birch trees can be grown in nearly any part of the U.S. but prefer soils that are rich in nutrition. They need about a workdays worth of sun and a soil pH level between 5.0-6.5

Planting Directions: The most important factor for a healthy birch tree is good soil. Types of soils determine how much nutrients and water the tree has access to and also how efficiently the tree can use those nutrients.

1) Plant after all dangers of frost have passed. Select a spot that will receive about 8 hours of sunlight a day and have the roots/soil in a cool, shaded place. Be sure that no other plants, trees, or weeds nearby that will deprive the birch of nutrients. It needs to establish before any other plant life can grow near it.
2) Dig a hole that is three times as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
3) Mycorrhizal fungi is highly recommended as a soil additive when back filling the dirt into your planting sight. Keep the tree as straight as possible and begin to back fill the hole. Put several shovels of dirt in and gently pat down the soil with your hands. Then add a few more scoops repeating the procedure until the hole is filled and the tree stands upright on its own. Younger trees may need to be staked.
4) Water deeply once the tree is planted. The moisture needs to get to the roots at a depth of 10-16 inches. Put a slow release of water on a hose and leave next to the root system area for a couple hours to be sure the depth is reached.
5) Spread a three-foot layer of mulch around the base of the tree with wood chips, shredded bark or leaf compost. Mulch will help the soil retain moisture and keep competing weeds from growing nearby.
6) Staking young trees is recommended after planting in order to make sure that they remain upright while becoming established. Metal rods or strong wooden stakes are the best. Tie off the tree with planters tape about 2/3rds of the way up the trunk so it has flexible movement at the top.

*Stakes can typically be removed after a year of planting. A good way to determine if your tree ready to stand on its own is to shake the center, if the root ball has no movement then your tree is ready to stand on its own. Birch trees have shallow root systems and need time to properly establish.

Watering: Provide deep a watering for the birch tree weekly using a hose next to the base with a slow flow of water for 2 hours during growing season. You may need to increase to twice weekly during hot, dry summers. Proper mulching can assist with keeping the roots and soil moist. Reduce watering towards the end of August so your tree can winterize for its dormant stage.

Fertilizing: Birches should be fertilized once or twice a year, once in spring and again mid-summer. Most people believe that you can use basic fertilizers as used on your lawn but this is not the case with birch trees. Lawn fertilizers have a large portion of nitrogen, which may promote growth, but at the expense of other development areas. An abundance nitrogen can also burn out the soil over a period of time.

Fertilize in the late spring and early summer with a product that targets root growth. Use an acidified evergreen fertilizer such as 10-10-10 because birch trees do better in soil that is slightly acidic.

Pruning: The best time to prune birch trees is late summer or early autumn. Pruning at the right time is essential because birch trees bleed out a heavy flow of sap that can attract insects to the wounds and can spread diseases. It is very important to sterilize your pruning tool after each single branch cut is made (a basic household rubbing alcohol is useful and easy to come by).

Start by removing side shoots and suckers first and then decide which branches to remove. Be conservative with your pruning and do not remove more than 25% of the tree canopy as this can weaken birch trees to a near fatal state (also, never top a birch). Cut back branches that are less than 2 inches wide as close to the trunk as possible.

The beauty of a birch makes it a great addition to have in your yard wherever you're located. Few trees are more elegant than birches. They stand out in the fall season with beautiful white bark popping against the yellows, oranges and reds of autumn leaves, not to mention its own golden yellow fall foliage color. It provides stunning contrast when paired up with evergreen trees.

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Why did you choose this? Store
Apparently fast growing and brings wildlife...
bradley w on Jun 29, 2018
Great price
DAVID S on Jun 23, 2018
Apparently fast growing and brings wildlife...
bradley w on Jun 29, 2018
Celebrating out 1 year anniversary which is Paper! We have a new home with plenty of space in the garden for trees.
Nick H on Jun 26, 2018
Great price
DAVID S on Jun 23, 2018
hard to find in my area
Dennis C on Jun 7, 2018
Pretty white bark for front yard. Fast growing.
R W on Apr 20, 2018
Fast growing , character
robert l on Feb 26, 2018
I love the stark white bark. May add a few more to create a grove, it this one takes off
Beth G on Jan 19, 2018
I like the tree shape, bark colour, and leaves appearance.
Monika G on Dec 19, 2017
fond memories
Ann L G on Apr 15, 2017
We are replacing trees we lost from Hurricane Matthew. These trees look pretty and grow fast!
Jane L on Apr 15, 2017
I already have one and it is our favorite tree, beautiful form, color and hardy!
shirley w on Apr 12, 2017
Pretty and I need shade
Ruth I on Feb 25, 2017
I love the white bark and the green leaves. Provides nice shade. Easy to grow and maintain.
Betty C on Feb 9, 2017
Hubby's favorite tree.
Nancy H on Jan 10, 2017
Celebrating out 1 year anniversary which is Paper! We have a new home with plenty of space in the garden for trees.
Nick H on Jun 26, 2018
hard to find in my area
Dennis C on Jun 7, 2018
Will this grow in the Dallas Tax area?
Nancy O on Apr 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hey, Nancy. Short answer: It will grow, but might not be worth it for all the work it will take. I live a little east of Dallas. So I know what's going through your mind. "Will the heat destroy this tree?" The answer is most certainly yes if it's neglected, even after it's mature. But it can be done. It's just going to take some work. Look to plant in a location with afternoon shade on the ground and sun on the leaves. Usually that means the north/northeast side of a home in our area. Keeping the soil moist without oversaturation is important. So mulching around the tree may be necessary. Absolutely, unquestionably necessary for at least a few years. The wider the mulched area the better since this tree has a shallow root system. Do a soil ph test. It prefers mildly acidic soil. Add aluminum sulfate or lime to adjust ph accordingly. It has common pests associated with it. So you'll need to protect it against birch borers even though they aren't prevalent here. You can "make" almost any tree grow anywhere if you're willing to put the time (and money) into babying it. Attention to every detail is important when growing a tree out of its traditional hardiness zone. If you decide it is worth the time and effort, I strongly recommend talking to an arborist in your area. They can give you a lot more details and advice on what it will take to keep it healthy than I can.
I want a tree for the center piece of a garden, so I want the first 6-10 feet of the tree to be straight trunk. My question is how straight are the trunks and are the a single trunk or a clump?
KenM1323 on May 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The trunk on mine is very straight and singular right now. It is very slender and will probably take a few more years before I really know what it will truly look like.
How are the roots on this tree? I don't want the roots to grow upward cracking my concrete or have the roots exposed.
Angie A on Apr 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They do have a shallow root system so I would plant at least 18ft-20ft away from concrete or foundation.
Does the tree need full sun?
Joseph A on Mar 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I haven't received the tree as of yet, but what I know of birch trees they prefer sunlight, partial shade and prefer moist soils, not flooded, but moist.
How big is the root system ?
Lou C on Jan 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: At first the roots will fan out maybe 4-8 inches think just under the surface then percolate through the soil. The rootball can double in size during the 1st year and continue growing outward until reaching the drip line of 35 feet.
Can I grow this in Missouri?
Geneva F on Sep 16, 2018

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