White Birch

Ojibwe Name:

wiigwaasaatig

Scientific Name:

Betula papyrifera

Significance in Ojibwe Cultures:

Birch bark was used to make bowls and baskets for cooking, storing, and transporting food.

How to Identify the Leaves:

A medium sized tree that reaches about 25 meters in height. Its' leaves are egg-shaped or triangular, 5 to 10 centimetres long. In colouration, they are dull green on top and have a lighter green and are slightly hairy underneath.

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