BOTANICAL NAME: Betula papyrifera
OTHER COMMON NAMES: American birch, White birch.
TREE DESCRIPTION: The average height of this relatively small tree is about 18m (60ft) and the straight, clear, cylindrical trunk is about 300mm (1ft) in diameter.
COLOUR: The sapwood is creamy white, and the heartwood, which is relatively resistant to treatment with preservatives, is pale brown.
GRAIN AND TEXTURE: The fairly hard wood has straight grain and a fine, even texture, and is moderately good for steam-bending.