Photographer & Copyright

© Christian Grenier

Photo Source

Public Domain

Inclusion in Plant ID / Comparison Guides

This photo is featured in 1 plant ID/comparison guide:

collage of Paper Birch and European White Birch

Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) vs. European White Birch (Betula pendula)

Updated July 28th, 2020

These two closely-related species are easily confused, as both have white bark that can peel. In most cases mature trees can be easily distinguished by characteristics of bark and leaf shape. Fruiting bodies are an even more definitive way to tell these trees apart. However, due to hybridization and a high amount of variability, it may not be possible to identify all individual trees.

View Full Guide