Birches are well known as feature trees in residential areas, and are easily identifiable due to their unique white bark. Native to the northern hemisphere, birches belong to the Betula genus in the birch family Betulaceae, and are related to alders and hazels. These are graceful trees with elegant foliage that turns a lovely, bright shade of yellow in the fall.

Birches can range in height and spread rather widely, with the paper birches topping out around 40 feet in height and 20 to 30 feet in width. Other varieties and dwarf versions can range in height from two to 25 feet with widths from two to 10 feet. In spring, the tree produces long, drooping flowers called catkins. Birch seeds are an important food source for a number of bird species.

Historically, birches have been a very useful tree. The wood is hard with a fine grain, and is full of volatile oils, which makes it valuable in woodworking and paper-making, and is excellent for burning. Indigenous peoples also used birch products in teas and herbal medicines, and birches have spiritual and cultural significance in some religions and countries. 

Birches are hardy to our cold winters, but are thirsty trees! Birch trees don’t do well in hot, dry conditions, so it is important to ensure the soil is cool, moist, and well-watered. Drought conditions will be evident in the leaves that will turn yellow and drop early, resulting in sparse, yellowed foliage.

Birch

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