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European White Birch (Betula pendula)

Also known as silver birch.

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Native to Europe and Asia, with a wide distribution. Widely planted in North America as a landscaping plant, and established in the wild at numerous isolated sites in the colder regions of the continent, mostly northerly areas and at high elevations.

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Planted as a landscaping plant in North America, but makes a poor choice in most areas. Short-lived due to stress when planted in areas warmer than its native habitat, and also susceptible to insect infestations in North America. In the north, has the potential to become invasive. Locally-native birches, of which there are many in most parts of the U.S., make a better choice of landscaping plants.

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