Paper bark birch tree
The paper bark birch, also known as the white paper bark birch or canoe birch, is a deciduous tree species native to northern and central regions of North America. It is named for its distinctive, white, papery bark that peels off in thin sheets. The tree grows to a height of 50-70 feet and has a pyramidal or oval shape. It is often used as an ornamental tree in landscaping and its sap can also be harvested for use in cooking and baking.
To grow paperbark birch trees:
- Choose a suitable site: They prefer moist, well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade.
- Plant in spring or fall: The ideal time to plant is in the spring or fall, when soil temperatures are moderate and moisture is more readily available.
- Space appropriately: Space the trees far enough apart so that their branches will not touch when fully grown.
- Water regularly: Water the trees regularly, especially during dry periods, until they are established.
- Mulch: Mulch the soil around the base of the tree to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
- Prune: Prune young trees to promote a strong central leader and a well-formed branching pattern.
- Fertilise: Fertilise young trees with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser to promote healthy growth.