The leaves of a white birch are ovate, around 2 to 4 inches long and 1 or 2 inches in width. "We carry the plain white birch, which is a general volume wood, and we also carry the highly figured ice birch veneer, which is a very flashy figure used for high-end applications," Clift says. 'dimension8': '173628', Borers: Wood-boring insect larvae are a big concern for any tree, but particularly for Birch trees. It is also distinguished cytologically, silver birch being diploid (with two sets of chromosomes), whereas downy birch is tetraploid (four sets of chromosomes). 'dimension4': 'European Birch', It is sometimes used as a pioneer and nurse tree elsewhere. Other popular grain patterns for European birch include flame, ice and curly birch. Watch for leaf spot problems. 4.5 out of 5 stars (98) 98 reviews $ 9.99 FREE shipping Favorite Add to THREE- White Birch Poles Medium blueskiesforever. For the racehorse, see, CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (, 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T62535A3115662.en. The dead twigs are also useful as kindling for outdoor fires. All are believed to be the result of grain deviations. The graceful, arching, open-branched pyramidal form when young matures to a stately oval to rounded form in time. The essential oil extracted from Sweet Birch is not used in aromatherapy. The European White Birch is a fast-growing tree for cold parts of the country, that is a great choice for a new, empty garden. [8], The branches of the silver birch often have tangled masses of twigs known as witch's brooms growing among them, caused by the fungus Taphrina betulina. On a white birch, the male catkins often grow in threes and are up to 4 inches long, with the female catkins half as long. This page was last edited on 25 November 2020, at 17:09. Authors as Published. [CDATA[//>