Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 2-6
  • Spacing: 30-40'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Prairie Dream® Paper Birch - single stem

Betula papyrifera 'Varen' PP15,768

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Anyone who has grown up in the North will always have a soft spot in their heart for Paper Birch. To those familiar with it, this hauntingly beautiful tree, with its snow-white bark and fluttery leaves, will stir memories of fishing in clear blue lakes, camping by mountain streams, or hiking through cool Northern forests. Southerners will recognize this tree from landscape calendar photos showing bright white Birch bark trunks against deep green conifers, red and orange Maple leaves, and Paper Birch's own yellow foliage in fall. Prairie Dream® Paper Birch is a new pest-resistant selection of the species that will allow more people to welcome this beloved tree into their home landscapes.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 2-6
  • Spacing: 30-40'
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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The Story

Native Americans once built canoes out of Paper Birch bark, enabling them to navigate Northern lakes and rivers.  This striking tree of the North Woods has never been too successful outside of its natural range (which reaches southward only to New Jersey), usually falling prey to the bronze birch borer, which attacks heat- and drought-stressed trees.  Prairie Dream® extends the range a bit.  Grown from seed collected in Western North Dakota, it was evaluated for 27 years near Fargo, where it performed beautifully, while remaining borer-free.  It was released in 2005.

The Details

A dreamboat of a Birch! Prairie Dream® River Birch has exceptional snow-white exfoliating bark with an orange inner-bark - simply spectacular! Dark green foliage during the spring/summer season transforms to a golden yellow in fall. Low maintenance, deer resistant, and resistant to bronze birch borer to boot - a great specimen tree for your home landscape!

How to Grow

Paper Birch can handle whatever Old Man Winter can dish out, but summer is another story.  Prolonged hot spells can weaken the tree, though Prairie Dream® is tougher than most.  If you live north of the Mason-Dixon Line, you should be all right.  Don’t plant this tree near surfaces that reflect or radiate heat, like asphalt driveways or the southern side of buildings.  Make sure to mulch your tree to keep the roots cool and moist, and water regularly.  Pruning is best done in summer or just after leaf-fall.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 2
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 6
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Avg Mature Height 50' Tall
Avg Mature Width 40' Wide
Spacing 30-40'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color Tan
Flower Time Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

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