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This fast growing small tree bears 1-3 inch pale yellow catkins in spring before the dark green glossy triangular leaves open up, yellow fall color, attractive chalky white bark on mature trees is beautiful all year round, usually grows as a multi-stemmed tree, tolerates poor soil (actually seems to prefer it!), host plant for Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), caterpillars.

Dry To Moist
Sun To Shade
20-40 foot (10-20 foot wide) tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-6b
Small Tree
Deer Resistant

Native Range: NB to s. ON, south to e. IL & the NC mountains. Rare in IL & IN

Germination - Difficult: Cold stratify 16 weeks, plant very shallow (needs light and high humidity to germinate)

Gray Birch Seed Packet $4.00
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