If you live high in the Appalachians or in northern latitudes, you could turn to a few native species of birch, the gray birch
, the sweet birch and the yellow birch.
An exception would be birch trees, such as gray birch
, which are naturally small and short-lived.
Pioneering tree species such as gray birch
and aspens have taken root, some growing 10 to 15 feet tall, said Kunkle, who retired as science department chairman at Freedom High School.
Preferred species such as gray birch
or European species exist only as planted landscaping trees, and these are often in stressed condition due to climate.
They noticed something suspicious entangled in some small, gray birch
trees that had become partially submerged, and paddled over for a closer look.
Seven of these peerless giants (gray birch
, black tupelo; tamarack; bigleaf magnolia; and turkey, willow, and white oak) would have soundly beaten the current national champions as well, by margins of 27 to more than 100 points.
We selected three tree species for study: sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.), red maple (Acer rubrum L.), and gray birch
(Betula populifolia Marsh.).
Other birches of note include river birch, also called red birch, Betula nigra and gray birch
, Betula populifolia.
After the iron companies abandoned the hills, gray birch
was the initiator species that first reforested the land, giving early shade to other saplings that wriggled up from the burned-over scrub and brush.