PAPER BIRCH, Betula papyrifera – The State tree of New Hampshire; grows across much of central and northern North America, west to Alaska. A pioneer species, growing quickly on bare, exposed mineral soil in partial to full sunlight. Striking white peeling bark on mature stems, used years ago for canoe and wigwam coverings. Seeds eaten by song and game birds; twigs browsed by deer, moose and snowshoe hare. Seedling height: 5-10 inches. Mature height: 60-80 feet.