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White Birch (Betula papyifera) 6780

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White Birch is a native tree of Canada ranging pretty well from the Atlantic to Pacific and north to the Arctic. In the wild it can grow to 25m (82') or more in height but is typically much shorter in the landscape. White Birch makes an excellent lawn highlight and landscape contrast specimen. Its importance is legendary in First Nations culture. With its bright white bark, interesting flowering structures known as catkins, and upright often multi-stemmed form it has year round visual appeal. An interesting fact is white birch can live to 50 years or more in the north but since they do not handle heat well, by the time hardiness Zone 6 is reached, their lifespan shortens to around 30 years. 1000 seed/gram

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  • 5g $12.30
  • 25g $37.25

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1000 seeds/gram. Stratification of tree seed occurs naturally outdoors through the winter. Sowing tree seeds outdoors in the fall takes advantage of this natural effect. To stratify indoors, mix the seed with a moistened, sterile, peat based soil in a container, wrap in a ventilated bag, and place it in a refrigerator for 12 to 20 weeks. In the spring plant seeds into a sheltered spot outside to grow into seedlings. Transplant to permanent site when well rooted.
Late Spring
Perennial
Start Indoors or Sow Direct in Fall
Full Sun
Sturdy
Very Tall (to 25 m - Much Smaller In the Landscape)(to 82' - Much Smaller In the Landscape)
Winter Hardy
Easy
Native of Canada
Betulaceae
Betula papyrifera
Landscape specimen.
Contrast in the landscape.
Makes a superb firewood.
Habitat restoration.
Wetland or dry land situations.
Many plants produce seed that is viable but dormant. This means that while the seed has all the internal structures and nutrients required to germinate, the seed coat is so hard, water cannot pass through it and initiate germination. When seed is in this state, it is known as being dormant. Seed dormancy is a naturally selected for trait that protects the seed of many plants allowing them to safely overwinter and then be ready to sprout in more favourable conditions in spring.
The remedy to naturally breaking seed dormancy is typically the passing of time. In particular, seed overwintering outside and experiencing the natural freeze thaw cycles that occur in late fall, winter and early spring. To artificially break seed dormancy, sow the seed in a soil-less mix, water than chill in a refrigerator for a set period of time. This dormancy breaking process is called stratification.
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