The White Birch. Known as the Paper Birch (Betula Papyrifera), it is also referred to as the American White Birch. This stunning tree is graced with distinctive bright white bark, which peels off in horizontal strips as the tree ages. Even the small black marks and scars found on this bark is of considerable appeal. The appeal of nature, indeed. It is no wonder that its beauty perfectly relates to the idyllic Winterscape of white. A broad, slender, deciduous hardwood tree that reaches heights of 60ft tall, the birch is widespread in the Northern Hemisphere. A grand addition to any outdoor surround. Oh, to see a single tree or a cluster in a woodland forest of these beautiful trees of white amidst the crest of a new fallen snow! Alas, in any season these trees are stunning. Certainly, one of my personal favorite trees…
As we approach the Winter season that lends the gift of white to those of us in cooler climates, perhaps an ode to the sheer beauty of the winter landscape is appropriate to dwell on for a moment. Alas, the beauty of a snowfall on nature’s glorious Birch trees! Delicate branches above the towering trunks of white certainly set the scene for Wintertime spendor, indeed. A magical Winter “Wonderland”….
“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
-Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass