Common name : Paper Birch

Scientific name : Betulapapyrifera

Family : Betulaceae

Native land : Cold climates of Canada and Alaska, and some parts of the Northern US states

Paper birch is a slender and graceful deciduous annual tree with white bark. The bark has a chalky covering that rubs off easily, and this is one way to distinguish this tree from other birches with white bark. It grows up to 70 feet tall. The leaves are alternate, ovate in shape. They are green-coloured with brown edges. The flowers are wind-pollinated catkins. It is usually cultivated for its highly ornamental bark which is especially attractive in winter, framed by its delicate lacy twigs.

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