Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

The peeling paper-like bark of White Birch makes it an easy tree to identify. It is a shade-intolerant species, which means that its seeds require full sunlight for germination.  For that reason, White Birch seeds are tiny and have wings that allow the wind to carry them great distances, providing the potential for landing in an open area where they can grow. But as their offspring cannot grow under their shade, the White Birch you see here will eventually be replaced by shade-tolerant species such as Sugar Maple.