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Gray Birch
Betula populifolia

This tree, also called Fire Birch, Old-Field Birch or White Birch, is native to North America and prefers to grow in dry upland soils. This small deciduous tree is characterized by multiple trunks with chalky, grayish-white bark and slender drooping branches. Its flexible wood makes good firewood and is used to make spools.

Habitat:Grows in wet and dry areas.
Growth Habit:Deciduous, small tree growing rapidly up to 9 m tall, with multiple trunks, droopy branches.
Bloom Time:Early spring.
Longevity:Short-lived.
Presence in US:CT DE IL IN MA MD ME NC NH NJ NY OH PA RI VA VT WV
Presence in Canada:NB NS ON PE QC
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