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gray birch

a small, bushy birch, Betula populifolia, of stony or sandy areas of the eastern U.S., having grayish-white bark and triangular leaves.
Origin of gray birch
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Everything else may succumb, but it—it and the gray birch—will make shift to live.

    A Rambler's lease Bradford Torrey
  • Scrub oak and gray birch have taken their places, but do not fill them.

  • Every one can see at a glance the appropriateness of such terms as pale primrose, gray birch, and narrow bower.

  • The black or sweet birch (Betula lenta) has a bark similar to the gray birch, except that its color is dark gray.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • Soil and location: The gray birch does best in a deep, rich soil, but will also grow in poor soils.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • Comparisons: The paper birch (Betula papyrifera) is apt to be confused with the gray birch, because both have a white bark.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison

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