Answer: Betula pendula, the European white birch, is often planted in the Pacific Northwest where it thrives in the cool, wet summer season. It grows to 30' or 40' in height, spreading 15'-20'. The twigs and young branches are a golden brown and the bark on the trunk and mature branches becomes white, marked with black. The only problem birches experience is with aphids.
Provide full sunshine and regular water; plant away from driveways and patios to avoid honeydew that drips when aphids feed.
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