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Betula pubescens

Downy Birch, White Birch

In Stock: 0.603 lb (Total:0.603lb)
  • Betula pubescens

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0.6 lb


Germination test:
Cut (Full Seed)
Seeds per lb:
0.6 lb
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Growing Info

Scarification: none required
Stratification: cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: requires light for germination, surface sow and keep moist

Other: stratification may be used instread of surface sowing, it is better to surface sow if possible. 

Betula pubescens, also known as Downy Birch or White Birch, is a deciduous tree native to northern Europe, Iceland, northern Asia, and even Greenland. Its bark is white, gray, or brownish and is used for various purposes, such as making drinking vessels, canoe skins, and roofing tiles. The wood is also commonly used for pulp and plywood. This tree grows 30-75 ft me tall and features a slender crown and a trunk with smooth, dull grey-white bark. It produces wind pollinated catkins in early spring before its leaves. It is often confused with Silver Birch, but they are separate species with distinct differences such as genetic makeup and habitat requirements. Downy Birch is hardy and can grow in various soil types ranging from light to heavy, nutritionally poor to acidic. It cannot grow in the shade and can tolerate strong winds but not maritime exposure. Downy Birch is also noted for attracting wildlife. If you're looking for a beautiful tree with many uses, consider Betula pubescens.

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