Betula papyrifera Marshall

Canoe Birch

Tree to 20 m or more tall, occasionally multistemmed. Bark white to brownish, peeling or not. Branchlets reddish, generally hairy, resin glands present and white dots (lenticels). Leaves ovate, about 5-9 cm long with an extended narrow tip, double or single toothed, vein pairs about 7-10. Female catkins 3-5 cm long; bracts with central lobe shorter than the two spreading lateral lobes; early spring. Nuts with wings 2-3 times wider than the central nut. A tree for cool, moist areas.

North America

Relatively large leaves more or less rounded at the base, long pointed at the tip.

VIC: Dandenongs (R.J.Hamer Arboretum, planted 1976; 'Pirianda' about 6 m in 1984).

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Betulaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Fagales
family       Betulaceae
genus        Betula L.