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gray birch

noun
1.
a small, bushy birch, Betula populifolia, of stony or sandy areas of the eastern U.S., having grayish-white bark and triangular leaves.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism
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Examples for gray birch
  • gray birch is a short-lived and not a particularly valuable tree.
  • Red maple, gray birch, or other trees may be scattered sparsely above the shrubs.
  • gray birch may be a prominent feature of the shrub layer, and shrubs are locally dense.
  • In the upper reaches large-toothed aspen and gray birch can be found.
  • The favored host trees are oak, poplar and gray birch.
  • Most of the property is old pasture land that grew up into medium to large sized poplar, gray birch, and white birch.
Encyclopedia Article for gray birch

(Betula populifolia), slender ornamental tree of the family Betulaceae, found in clusters on moist sites in northeastern North America. Rarely 12 m (40 feet) tall, it is covered almost to the ground with flexible branches that form a narrow, pyramidal crown. The thin, glossy, dark green, triangular leaves have long, thin stems and flutter in the wind. In one variety, the leaves are purplish when young

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