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The wood of Gray Birch is relatively soft and weak, but it is sometimes used to make wooden spools, clothes pins, toothpicks, and other wooden objects. It is also used as firewood and to make paper pulp. Gray Birch is an attractive tree that resembles the commonly cultivated Betula pendula (European White Birch). Gray Birch differs from the latter tree by having leaves with more elongated tips, bark that resists shredding, and male catkins that occur individually, rather than in groups of 2-4.

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Source: Illinois Wildflowers

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