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Paper-bark Birch

Betula papyrifera

Plant Data

Order:
Fagales
Family:
Betulaceae (Birch)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Inconspicuous male and female catkins which are borne on the same tree, usually present in clusters of 3.
Fruit:
Small nutlets appear in clusters.
Leaves:
Deciduous. Ovate with pointed tips, stalked and with serrated edges. Turns yellow in autumn. Up to 4cm long.
Maximum Size:
21 meters tall.
Foraging Notes:
The inner bark, young leaves, catkins and shoots are all edible, raw or cooked. Tea can be made from the bark or leaves.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Canoe Birch, White Birch.
Habitats:
Gardens, parkland, riverbanks, towns, woodland.