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European White Birch
Betula pendula
European White Birch bark
Size:

Small
Size: medium
Medium
Size: large
Large
Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 6 
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Mature Height: 40-60 Feet
Features: White bark that is only slightly peeling. Fall color is a pale yellow.
Culture: Full sun to partial shade; best in moist, well drained soils; tolerates wet sites.
Cultivars: There are cultivars commercially available, but this species is so poorly adapted to the Midwest and so prone to bronze birch borer that it is not recommended.
Mature Form: Oval, with pendulous branches
Native To: Northern Europe
Soil Conditions:
Dry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Soil condition: WetWet
Tolerance:
Alkaline Soil
Dry Sites
Salt
Soil Compaction
Tolerance: Wet SitesWet Sites
Wind
Uses:
Massing
Patio
Screen
Use for: Shade.Shade
Use for: Specimen.Specimen
Street
Wind Break
Foliage Color: Green
 
Fall Foliage Color: Green
Yellow
 
Additional Notes: Best in cold climates; Midwestern summers are too hot and stress the tree leaving it open to the borer

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