Are Silver Birch Trees Protected?

Written by teo spengler
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
Are Silver Birch Trees Protected?
The silver birch's leaves are bright green in summer and yellow in fall. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Tall, slender and brilliant white, the silver birch -- also called the European white birch -- is thriving in the United States. You can recognise it by the dark, diamond fissures that develop on the bark as it ages.

Other People Are Reading

Description

Although the "Lady of the Woods" looks delicate with its slim trunk, pale bark and delicate leaves, the tree is tough and hardy. Silver birches grow anywhere from old building sites to mountaintops and are among the early pioneer trees to colonise a burnt-out area.

Growth

Silver birches grow rapidly, attaining 40 feet in 20 years. Propagated by seeds or cuttings, this birch reaches maturity at 40 years, much faster than an oak that takes several centuries. The fast-growing, wide-ranging species needs no federal protection.

Enemies

Although the silver birch is not protected, it does have insect enemies. It is so vulnerable to birch leafminer and bronze birch borer that the U.S. Forest Service recommends against selecting it as a landscape tree.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.