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White Paper Birch

Betula papyrifera

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

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

Mature Height:

50-70 ft.

Mature Width:

35 ft.


Full Sun


4-6 ft.

Growth Rate:

1-2 ft.

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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Planting & Care

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

White Paper Birch Planting Diretions

The White Paper Birch tree can be planted in practically any type of soil.  It will withstand most conditions except extreme wet or extreme dry climates. 


They grow naturally in the forest in full sunlight, surrounded by others in their own species. If you want to plant them in groups, they should be spaced 3-9 feet apart.


If space is limited, you can plant 3 in the same hole with their roots touching.  As they mature, you’ll get the appearance of one multi-stemmed tree.


This tree does well if planted alone too. It doesn’t require a lot of space to provide abundant shade and beauty to your landscape.

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fond memories
Ann L G 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
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
We are replacing trees we lost from Hurricane Matthew. These trees look pretty and grow fast!
Jane L on Apr 15, 2017
Pretty and I need shade
Ruth I on Feb 25, 2017
Does the tree need full sun?
Joseph A on Mar 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The trees have only been in the ground a month so I don't really know. So far I have four green leaves which is progress. I planted in an area that provides about seven hours of sun each day.
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: My tree has not been in that long,(only about a month) but grown almost a foot but I do not see Any signs of roots growing upwards
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.
Will this grow in the Dallas Tax area?
Nancy O on Apr 12, 2017
How big will it actually get and what square footage does it need?
Rhonda W on Apr 4, 2017
Does it make a mess in yard and drop seeds or anything?
Lola J on Apr 3, 2017

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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email from with a tracking number.

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