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Birch

A birch tree's characteristic white bark. Close up of a birch tree leaf.

The birch and its bark
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The leaf of a paper birch
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Birch trees (Betula spp.) are a popular choice for the home landscaper. Their distinctive bark and beautiful leaves make them prized shade and ornamental trees. However, they do demand a little care and attention. Not just any site or soil condition will do and many trees fail to reach maturity due to site and soil factors.

Improving Your Birch Tree's Soil

Probably the most important factor for a healthy birch tree is good soil. The type of soil determines not only how much nutrients and water the plant has access to, but also how efficiently the tree can use those nutrients. This can determine whether your birch can successfully withstand the stresses of growing in an urban environment or fend off pests such as the bronze birch borer. As a homeowner, the best contribution you can make to your birch tree's soil and to the long-term viability of your tree is the addition of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi.

To learn more about mycorrhizal fungi, click here.