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Title: How to Grow and Maintain a Healthy Birch Tree

Author: Katovich, Steven; Wawrzynski, Robert; Haugen, Dennis; Spears, Barbara;

Date: 1997

Source: United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry

Publication Series: How-To Leaflets (HT)

Description: This publication is targeted for the upper Midwestern states. However, much of the material discussed is relevant anywhere birch is grown as a landscape tree.

Birch trees are prized for their outstanding bark characteristics and their graceful, delicate foliage. Numerous species and cultivars are used in landscapes, and almost all are distinctive in bark coloration, growth form, and susceptibility to certain insect pests.

Though homeowners often desire birch as an ornamental tree, they soon discover that birch can be very difficult to maintain as a healthy, long-lived specimen. In many landscapes, birch trees begin to decline within a few years, and many trees die well before reaching maturity. A healthy birch tree should be able to survive and thrive for 40-50 years. In many yards, however, it is not unusual for birch trees, especially the white-barked birches, to die well before reaching 20 years of age.

In many instances, homeowners have predisposed their birch trees to problems by planting and growing them under conditions that are not the best for their survival. Many of these problems can be avoided by following the four basic steps described in this pamphlet, NA-FR-02-97.

Keywords: NA-FR-02-97, birch tree, birch trees, birch tree disease, grow birch tree, healthy conditions birch tree, birch leafminer, bronze birch borer, insect susceptibility, leafminer

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Katovich, Steven ; Wawrzynski, Robert ; Haugen, Dennis ; Spears, Barbara 1997. How to Grow and Maintain a Healthy Birch Tree. United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry


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