Paper (White) White birch

Betula papyrifera

Identification Hints

Paper birch has white, peeling bark, though it can be dark colored in young trees. Leaves are ovate in shape with a toothed margin. Flowers are produced on small cylindrical catkins which hang from the branches in spring.

Which Birch?

There are two ways to identify the two species of birches:

Bark: On mature trees, paper white birch bark is white and peeling. Black birch bark is smooth and brown to black.

Smell: When broken or scratched, the twig or leaf of a black birch will smell like wintergreen.

Young Leaves

Full-grown Leaves

Twigs & Buds