Grey Birch (Betula populifolia) is a deciduous tree native to North America. It prefers poor and dry soils, but is also found in moist mixed woodlands. The white bark is preferred as design element for landscape architects. The black “scars” on the white bark looks like “eyes” of the trees. It is fast-growing but short-living. Gray birch grows to 7 to 9 m tall and 0.3 m trunk diameter, with an irregular open crown of slender branches. The tree often has multiple trunks (usually three) branching off of the old trunk.
When planted in large group, the white barks create strong visual effect of “white woodland”.