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Betula papyrifera Marshall

This result should not be considered complete or definitive and is for reference only. Care must be taken when using any wild plant for food, fiber, medicine or any other non-traditional uses. The information was complied using multiple sources and these references should be consulted for more complete descriptions of usage(s) and potential health risk. We are not responsible for any ill effects from the information included on this page.

Uses Part Preparation Effect Notes
Vegetable  Bark Canoe, Baskets, containers, fire kindling, Mats, Sleds, Spring Snares, Cradleboard, lodge covering, Push pole fork, Utensils, Yoke for carrying sap, Maquk
Trunk or branch Firewood
Inner bark Raw or cooked
Trunk or branch
Shaking tent
Bark At funeral bark is burned for 4 nights, to light the way for the dead Wrapped in bark for burial
Bark Bird houses, drawing medium
Sap or juice
Bud Tea
Inner bark Dried
Trunk or branch Flutes
Sap or juice Boiled Can also be made into vinegar
Medicine  Female/childbirth Ceremonial by midwife
Bark Decoction Blood purifier
Inner bark Digestion And root bark

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