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European White Birch vs American Bladdernut

Betula pendula

Staphylea trifolia

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European White Birch
American Bladdernut

European White Birch is a mid-sized shade tree native to Eurasia. This deciduous tree has a pyramidal form when young, maturing into a rounded crown with arched branches and drooping branchlets.

The trunk is slender, with white bark featuring black diamond-shaped lenticels. European White Birch is an ideal landscape tree for parks and gardens.

Similar to the Cutleaf Weeping Birch, this species is a popular ornamental.

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American Bladdernut is a fast-growing, ornamental shrub native to eastern North America. It can be grown as a large shrub or trained as a small tree. The small, drooping, white flowers are bell-shaped and grow in clusters. They appear in mid to late spring, attracting various pollinators. Well suited as an understory plant as it prefers shady and partial sun location with moist soils.

The blossoms mature into papery seed capsules and have been described as miniature Japanese lanterns. They are commonly used in dried flower arrangements. The seeds found within the pods are edible, and have a taste similar to pistachios. They can be eaten raw, used in baking or made into a sweet cooking oil.

Care should be taken when planting American Bladdernut, as it can spread quickly. It is prone to suckering and will self-seed. Plant the right tree in the right place.

EUROPEAN WHITE BIRCH QUICK FACTS

AMERICAN BLADDERNUT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 15 m (49 ft)
Height: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 8 m (25 ft)
Spread: 5 m (15 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: shade, partial shade
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: bright yellow
Flowers: white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium





Other Names: silver birch, weeping birch