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Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera

Betula papyrifera Marshall var. papyrifera

Paper Birch, Western Paper Birch

Betulaceae (Birch Family)

Synonym(s): Betula alba var. commutata, Betula papyrifera var. commutata, Betula papyrifera var. elobata, Betula papyrifera var. macrostachya, Betula papyrifera var. pensilis

USDA Symbol: bepap

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Venation: Pinnate
Leaf Margin: Serrate
Leaf Apex: Acuminate , Acute
Leaf Base: Cuneate , Truncate
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Inflorescence: Catkin
Autumn Foliage: yes

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AK , ID , IN , MA , ME , MT , NY , OR , WA
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NB , NL , NS , NT , ON , PE , QC , SK , YT

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade

Additional resources

USDA: Find Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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