Widely grown in the us silver birch trees are suitable trees for growing zones 2 to 7. Color of the bark is commonly white and reddish brown.
Selecting the appropriate birch tree for your climate and soil.
Types of birch trees. The birch is a difficult tree to grow and though they have a life expectancy of 40 to 50 years many trees die before reaching their 20th year. Birch can be found in larger numbers in cool damp woods and forests were the ground does not dry out for most of the year. Description these are small to medium sized trees living up to 140 years.
Ivory birch family euphorbiaceae and west indian birch family burseraceae are not true birches. Native to europe and asia silver birch trees thrive in mountainous landscapes where the contours of the land provide a degree of wind protection. The various species of birch trees in the betula genus include at least 12 that are important landscape trees.
Where silver birch trees grow best. Birch tree leaves may be toothed or pointed. The tree derives its name from its nature of easily peeling off or flaking like a parchment of paper.
Birch trees are a popular choice among homeowners for their distinctive bark and their delicate foliage. Birch branches and bark have many uses. Birch trees offer interesting bark color and texture and attractive foliage but they are relatively short lived and they may suffer from a susceptibility to diseases and insects especially the bronze birch borer.
Birch any of about 40 species of short lived ornamental and timber trees and shrubs constituting the genus betula family betulaceae distributed throughout cool regions of the northern hemisphere. Paper birch betula papyrifera also known as canoe birch. Birch trees prefer to occupy habitats in cool moist areas including peatlands moors peatbogs river banks and lakeshores.