White BirchFull profile
Hardiness Zone2a (ref. Hydro-Québec)
Region of OriginNorthern North America
Mother Tree located inSainte-Catherine-de-Hatley, Québec
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White Birch is a tree that has a very special bark. Sleek and stylish, it's creamy white and very easily recognizable. Native Americans used it to build canoes and to cover their houses (wigwam).
Few people know that the wood of Paper Birch is of good quality. It's for this reason that people often prefer to use it as firewood... However, the forest industry rarely sort the wood of Yellow Birch and the wood of Paper Birch. This means that in stores, we are frequently buying Paper Birch wood thinking that we are buying Yellow Birch wood...
Naturally, paper birch is a pioneer tree. That's to say, it's often one of the first species to colonize areas that have been disturbed - by natural causes and/or anthropogenic. This tree has to be considered when we wish to revegetate some areas left bare. Several tree, shrub and herbaceous species depend on its cover, in order to install properly.
This tree is undemanding, but don't grow very well in urban areas.