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Campus Gardens

Betula pendula
Weeping white birch
Family: Betulaceae

Weeping white birch is a deciduous tee growing to 100' in native areas, however most cultivated trees only grow to approximately 60' tall. The architecture of young trees is pyramidal and becomes more oval as they grow older. Leaves are approximately 1"- 3" long. They are spade-shaped with a wide base about 1"-2" in width with serrated edges. Summer foliage is a dark green and autumn foliage is either yellow or a light yellow green color depending on the conditions. Both male and female catkins are present in early April. Bark on the trunk and larger branches are white with brown gaps or cracks. The smaller branches are thin and droopy. Weeping white birch is a striking specimen tree and is planted as a shade tree or a beautiful ornamental. This tree can survive in a variety of habitats especially in soils with acidic pH, but grows best in sandy soils. Weeping white birch is native to Britain and parts of Ireland. Hardy in zones 2-7. Weeping white birch can be found in front of the library in the quad.

Beth Enko

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