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Prairie Dream Paper Birch

Betula papyrifera 'Varen'

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Prairie Dream Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera 'Varen') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Prairie Dream Paper Birch

Prairie Dream Paper Birch

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Prairie Dream Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera 'Varen') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Prairie Dream Paper Birch bark

Prairie Dream Paper Birch bark

(Photo courtesy of North Dakota State University)

Prairie Dream Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera 'Varen') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Prairie Dream Paper Birch in fall

Prairie Dream Paper Birch in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  1b

Other Names:  White Birch, Canoe Birch

Description:

A selection of paper birch with snow-white peeling bark and gold fall colour; more adaptable and stress-tolerant than the species; a great accent tree, and one of the best for winter value

Ornamental Features

Prairie Dream Paper Birch has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The peeling white bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Prairie Dream Paper Birch is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Prairie Dream Paper Birch is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Prairie Dream Paper Birch will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features