Paper Birch & Multi-Stem


Single Stem and Multi-Stem Available. Native with attractive exfoliating white-brown bark and yellow fall leaf color. Likes moist soil and full sun. Great for privacy, shelterbelts, windbreaks and screening. Provides shade. Flowers are either male or female and are in narrow catkins. Female catkins are 2 to 4 cm long, standing upright at the tip of the branch. Male catkins are longer and hang below the branch. Grows on a variety of soils, and is abundant on rolling upland terrain and floodplain sites, but it also grows on open slopes, avalanche tracks, swamp margins and in bogs. It doesn’t grow well in shade. Birch sap can be used to make syrup, but requires 80-100 litres of sap to make one litre of syrup. Undiluted, birch sap can be used to make vinegar or birch beer. Birch is harvested in eastern Canada for pulp, sawlogs, and veneer logs; the wood is used for products such as paneling, tongue depressors, and cheese boxes. Is often one of the first species to colonize a burned area.