Until it reaches 20-25cm girth the bark of Betula Papyrifera is a brown-red and most distinguishable from any other young birch but after this point the bark starts to whiten markedly.
A medium to large tree making it a good option for parks and open spaces, it’s elegant with a conical habit and white papery bark colours carried high into the canopy. In the autumn the foliage turns an attractive yellow.
It does best on moist well drained sandy soil but is tolerant of most conditions.
Mature height: 12-17m