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Paper birch is a medium-sized deciduous tree growing to 70' tall. Leaves are almost heart-shaped with a pointed tip measuring g 2" to 4" long and up to 3" wide near the base. Summer foliage is medium green while autumn foliage is bright yellow. Flowers are catkins that bloom in early to mid spring. Young trees have smooth reddish-brown bark whereas older trees have white paper bark that easily peels. Paper birch is a specimen tree used for its flashy ornamental bark. The architecture of young trees is pyramidal and older trees become more conical or oval however, the shape lacks very little form. The trunk branches out low to the ground. Paper birch is native to parts of the west coast and northern North America up through Alaska. It grows in cooler climates. It's hardy in zone 2. Paper birch can be found on the library lawn.
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