Paper birch can be found in almost every county of Michigan including the Lower and Upper Peninsula. It is a species that grows best in full sunlight and near water. It is considered a pioneer species meaning it is typically found in disturbed areas and rarely seen in older forests. Paper birch can be seen in sandy, well drained areas such as river sides, urban areas, and road sides.
Leaves are oval shaped and come to a tip. The edges of the leaf are serrated or toothed as opposed to being smooth. Its leaves alternate on the stem. It is easily identified by its white paper like bark. Its leaves turn yellow and start to fall off in the fall making it a deciduous tree. In the spring time it produces long caterpillar like flowers or catkins that are pollinated by the wind.
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