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White Birch


The white birch grows at a height of about 70-80 feet tall. They have a lifespan of about 140 years. Their leaves are sort of heart shaped. The bark is white with black and gray splotches. The bark peels off horizontally.


The white birch grows in pairs and clumps.


The Native Americans used the white birch wood because of it’s flexibility, it is also used as spears, arrows, snowshoes, and sleds. The bark for fire starters because it even burns when it is wet. The bark was also used for mats housing insulation, baby carriers, torches and moose calls.

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Maine, USA

Spotted on Apr 27, 2012
Submitted on Apr 27, 2012

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