Birch tree vs. White poplar

leenda(z5 KC)January 12, 2011

I recently bought a house in Lawrence, KS and have in the yard a white barked tree, probably 70 ft tall, in my back yard. When I first saw it, there was lots of leaves on the upper branches. By the time I moved in, it had already dropped its leaves so I didn't get a chance to see the foliage. It stands alone at the top of a hill ... no apparent runners or suckers. The bark at the base is fairly dark and rough but the growth further up is smooth, white w/ dark striations. The bottom branches seem to be dying off.

I was thinking it might be a birch but a friend said it's probably a white or silver poplar.

Any clue on how to tell the difference?

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Need some photos!

Are there any old leaves still lying around? White Poplar has lobed leaves, birch doesn't.


    Bookmark   January 12, 2011 at 12:08PM
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Is it growing wild or was it planted by somebody?

    Bookmark   January 12, 2011 at 12:45PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

if you cant find a stray leaf.. you arent trying too hard.. lol ..

hit the link ...

review pix ...

insert birch or white birch..


let us know..

otherwise.. get us a pic when it leafs out


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   January 12, 2011 at 12:51PM
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brian_zn_5_ks(N.E. Kansas)

As a nurseryman in the immediate area, I'll throw out a WAG that it's a good ol' garden variety cottonwood. or mebbe even a sycamore.

The OP is more than welcome to contact me thru the Garden Web e-mail.


    Bookmark   January 14, 2011 at 3:45PM
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dsieber(z5 (Lakewood CO))

70 ft is very for a white birch. but more data is required

    Bookmark   January 14, 2011 at 10:40PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Most white-barked birch species, of the kinds commonly grown get taller than that - under suitable conditions.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2011 at 3:34PM
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alexander3_gw(6 Pennsylvania)

Considering the height, dark & rough at the bottom but white at the top sounds like sycamore.


    Bookmark   January 16, 2011 at 8:23AM
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I don't think leenda is coming back with any photos that will help determine what the tree is. Leenda? are you still there?

    Bookmark   January 16, 2011 at 9:03AM
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