Paper Birch - Betula Papyrifera
Paper birch, sometimes called "canoe birch," (Betula papyrifera) is a short-lived species of birch native to northern North America. It is named for its thin, paper-like bark, which often peels in layers from the trunk. Paper birch trees grow best in sandy or rocky loam soil that is fairly moist. They are tolerant of acidic soil, but can also tolerate neutral or slightly alkaline soil. Paper birch trees are fast-growing and can reach heights of 50-70 feet. They have a lifespan of about 100 years.
Paper birch trees are an important part of the northern forest ecosystem. They are one of the first trees to colonize a burned area, and they provide food and shelter for many animals. The wood of paper birch trees is used in a variety of products, including furniture, paper, and popsicle sticks. The bark can be used to make canoes, baskets, and other items.
Here are some other interesting facts about paper birch trees: