European White Birch
This tree is native across most of southwest Asia, Europe and the British Isles. Average mature trees are 30 to 40 feet spreading to one half its height. Its smooth, white bark, emerald-green leaves and long, hanging branches make it a popular ornamental and shade tree in this country. Often sold as weeping birch, young trees show little of the weeping characteristic. In Europe, its strong wood is prized for turned items such as bowls.
Eight birches are native to the United States including Betula occidentalis, which is found along streams in Northern Arizona and other parts of Arizona between elevations of 7000 and 8000 feet.
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