Showy Birch Bark Delivers Fall And Winter Interest
Birch trees are generally small to medium-sized thin-leaved hardwood trees or shrubs with unique bark. The bark of birches is marked with horizontal lenticels and often comes off in thin, papery sections.
The flowers on a birch tree open with or before the leaves on three-flowered clusters. The birch is widespread in the Northern Hemisphere, especially in northern temperate climates. Birch trees are known as a pioneer species because they quickly populate areas that have been ravaged by fire, and they require well-drained soil and direct sunlight.
A medium-sized tree with a shallow root system, birches produce “samara” fruit and have long clusters of flowers called catkins. Birch tree seeds and bark are often eaten by area wildlife.
Birch is a lovely tree with ornate bark - which can be white, grey, yellow, silver or black - that is often used in furniture due to its high-quality wood. With its whimsical branches and gorgeous fall foliage, the birch tree is a popular choice among professional landscapers.