Yellow BirchFull profile
Hardiness Zone3b (ref. Hydro-Québec)
Region of OriginNortheastern North America
Mother Tree located inSainte-Catherine-de-Hatley, Québec
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The Yellow Birch is the provincial tree of Quebec. Despite this, it's a tree that is almost not found outside the forests. Its availability is very low in most nurseries, which means that it's very underrepresented in the landscaping of the province.
Yet, this tree is quite special with its unique gilded bark which detaches in purposes papery flaps.
Those who prefer discreet fruits on trees will be delighted to know that Yellow Birch produces light fruits - called catkins - that don't cause any inconvenience on the ground (when mowing grass for example).
This tree is fairly "versatile" and may be planted in a wide variety of soils and habitats. Of all native birches, it's the one that has the best shade tolerance.