This native of northern Japan, Korea and Manchuria has white bark with dark markings. Like other birches it likes moist soil conditions. With the exception of one cultivar called “Whitespire” this species is prone to birch borer infestation.
Deciduous tree usually growing 12-15 m (40-50 ft) tall, with very white bark that peels in sheets.
This project was supported in part by NSF Grant IIS-03-25867 (ITR: An Electronic Field Guide: Plant Exploration and Discovery in the 21st Century) and by the Washington Biologists' Field Club.
Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views, opinions, or policy of the National Science Foundation (NSF).