Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Betula pendula Roth image
Photographer: Robert R. Kowal           

Kurt Stüber
Family Betulaceae
Betula pendula Roth
European white birch, weeping birch
Betula: ancient Latin name
pendula: hanging
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Detailed Distribution:
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Status: Introduced - escaped
Plant: perennial tree to 80' tall usually with several trunks and a spreading crown; bark creamy to silvery white, smooth, peeling in long pieces; dark, horizontal lenticels; branches hanging
Flower: blooms in late spring
Fruit:cylindrical, erect to almost hanging fruit clusters; samara wings much wider than the body, widest near the center
Leaf:leaf widely oval to rhombic, edges coarsely to doubly, sharply toothed
Habitat: moist to dry; disturbed areas, roadsides, edges of bogs
Notes: often hybirdizes

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