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Betula papyrifera
(paper birch)

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Betula papyrifera (paper birch)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 14 July 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Betula papyrifera
  • Preferred Common Name
  • paper birch
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Uses List
  • Agroforestry
  • Carved material
  • Fuelwood
  • Ornamental
  • Soil improvement

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Pictures

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PictureTitleCaptionCopyright
Exceptionally good growth and stem form of B. papyrifera in a mixed species stand on an intermediate site near Shushwap Lake, central British Columbia, Canada.
TitleMixed species stand
CaptionExceptionally good growth and stem form of B. papyrifera in a mixed species stand on an intermediate site near Shushwap Lake, central British Columbia, Canada.
CopyrightK. Klinka
Exceptionally good growth and stem form of B. papyrifera in a mixed species stand on an intermediate site near Shushwap Lake, central British Columbia, Canada.
Mixed species standExceptionally good growth and stem form of B. papyrifera in a mixed species stand on an intermediate site near Shushwap Lake, central British Columbia, Canada.K. Klinka
The typical form of mature B. papyrifera.
TitleMature trees
CaptionThe typical form of mature B. papyrifera.
CopyrightK. Klinka
The typical form of mature B. papyrifera.
Mature treesThe typical form of mature B. papyrifera. K. Klinka
The bark peels in horizontal strips.
TitleBark
CaptionThe bark peels in horizontal strips.
CopyrightJ. Worrall
The bark peels in horizontal strips.
BarkThe bark peels in horizontal strips.J. Worrall
A female catkin nearing maturity.
TitleFemale catkin
CaptionA female catkin nearing maturity.
CopyrightJ. Worrall
A female catkin nearing maturity.
Female catkinA female catkin nearing maturity.J. Worrall
B. papyrifera is monoecious, and its pendant female and upright male catkins can be seen on this branch.
TitleMale and female catkins
CaptionB. papyrifera is monoecious, and its pendant female and upright male catkins can be seen on this branch.
CopyrightJ. Worrall
B. papyrifera is monoecious, and its pendant female and upright male catkins can be seen on this branch.
Male and female catkinsB. papyrifera is monoecious, and its pendant female and upright male catkins can be seen on this branch. J. Worrall

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Betula papyrifera Marshall

Preferred Common Name

  • paper birch

Variety

  • Betula papyrifera var. commutata (Regel) Fernald
  • Betula papyrifera var. cordifolia (Regel) Fernald
  • Betula papyrifera var. kenaica (W.H. Evans) Henry
  • Betula papyrifera var. neoalaskana (Sarg.) Raup
  • Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera
  • Betula papyrifera var. subcordata (Rydb.) Sarg.

Other Scientific Names

  • Betula commutata
  • Betula cordifolia
  • Betula excelsa Aiton
  • Betula lyalliana Koehne, nom. inval.
  • Betula papyrifera var. cordifolia

International Common Names

  • French: bouleau a papier; bouleau blanc

Local Common Names

  • Canada: canoe birch; silver birch; white birch
  • Germany: Papierbirke
  • Italy: betulla di carta; betulla papirifera
  • Netherlands: berk, papier-
  • USA: canoe birch; silver birch; white birch

EPPO code

  • BETPA (Betula papyrifera)

Trade name

  • birch

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Fagales
  •                         Family: Betulaceae
  •                             Genus: Betula
  •                                 Species: Betula papyrifera

Uses List

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Environmental

  • Agroforestry
  • Soil improvement

Fuels

  • Fuelwood

General

  • Ornamental

Materials

  • Carved material
  • Fibre
  • Miscellaneous materials
  • Wood/timber

Medicinal, pharmaceutical

  • Traditional/folklore

Wood Products

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Containers

  • Boxes
  • Cases
  • Crates
  • Pallets

Furniture

Pulp

  • Short-fibre pulp

Sawn or hewn building timbers

  • Flooring
  • For light construction
  • Wall panelling

Veneers

Wood-based materials

  • Fibreboard
  • Particleboard
  • Plywood

Woodware

  • Industrial and domestic woodware
  • Musical instruments
  • Sports equipment
  • Wood carvings