Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Betula populifolia Marshall image
Photographer: William A. Hoch           

Know Your Trees

from USDA Plants Website
Family Betulaceae
Betula populifolia Marshall
gray birch, white birch
Betula: ancient Latin name
populifolia: popul for genus "Populus;" folia for "leaves;" referring to poplar-shaped leaves
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Status: Introduced locally established
Plant: perennial tree usually less than 40' tall, widely pyramid-shaped; trunks often clustered and erect; usually less than 6" in diameter; smooth bark dark reddish brown becoming grayish white with age; dark, horizontal lenticels
Flower: male catkin 1"-2" long; blooms in late spring
Fruit:nearly cylindrical, erect to hanging fruit clusters; samara wings much wider than the body, widest near the center
Leaf:leaf widely oval to deltate or rhombic; edges coarsely, irregularly, sometimes doubly toothed
Habitat: moist to dryish; open woods, slopes, waste places; in rocky to sandy soil
Notes: very similar to B. papyrifera (white or paper birch) but smaller
(Glossary)

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