Betula papyrifera - Paper Birch
Betula papyrifera - Paper Birch
Betula papyrifera - Paper Birch - Fall Colour

Paper Birch

Betula papyrifera

Also called Canoe Birch

  • Upright to oval, rounded crown
  • White bark exfoliates in papery strips
  • Mature trees develop black markings on the white bark
  • Oval leaves are dark green in the summer, turning bright yellow in the fall
  • Bloom Time: March to April



13-16 m

10-12 m


Growing and Maintenance Tips:

In autumn, the white bark and yellow foliage make a striking contrast against the bright red leaves of the red maple or dark coloured evergreens. It can be grown as a single-stemmed specimen or multi-stemmed tree.Though paper birches can tolerate drought, they grow best with cool roots. Underplant with a ground cover or mulch well, taking care to not heap mulch against the stem. 

Additional Notes about Paper Birch:

Native to Ontario and much of North America.