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Cultural Details for Betula papyrifera 'Oenci'

Common Name:
Renaissance OasisĀ® Paper Birch

Growth Rate:
Upright dense pyramidal growth habit.

Average Mature Height:
60' tall

Average Mature Width:
25' wide

Flower Details:
Male catkins overwinter, female catkins emerge in early spring. Not ornamentally significant.

Fruit Details:
Paper birch is an important source of food for birds. The redpoll, pine siskin, and chickadee feed on seeds; the ruffed grouse eats male catkins and buds

Fall Color:
Good yellow fall color.

Bark Details:
Bark color changing from mahogany reddish brown to white at maturity, exfoliating.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Very high resistance to Bronze Birch Borer and excellent drought tolerance. Highly resistant to leafhopper. Some resistance to leaf miner.

Native Habitat:
Cultivar of native paper birch. Selected in New Carlise, OH.

Other Features:
Most drought tolerant of the Renaissance series. Bronze birch borer resistant. The juvenile bark is an outstanding reddish-bronze turning white semi-exfoliating.

Culture and Care:
Good drought resistance compared to the species, and heat resistance.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1144, 1145, 1146

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.