Grey Birch | 2014

betula populifolia

The grey birch is known for its white bark and reputation as a fast-growing, short-lived weed tree.  It is one of the first species of tree to inhabit poor soils and provide shade and protection for the seeds of longer lived species who will outlive it.  

Being that it does not get large enough to use for lumber and its soft wood is not very durable, it has little use to humans other than being used in plywood products; however, it is invaluable in the natural world.  These studies highlight this dichotomy.