Betula populifolia Marsh.

Locations ofBetula populifolia Marsh. in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Betula populifolia Marsh.
Common Name
Gray Birch
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Betula populifolia Marsh.
Our only native population is in the general vicinity of Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park, where this species has reached a mature stage with little recruitment as the old fields of that area have gradually become reforested. This population is disjunct from populations in western Maryland, central and northern Pennsylvania, and areas further north, where it is a common early-successional tree.
Young upland forests, old fields, and mafic fens. Rare, mountains; restricted to but locally common in a small area in and around Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park, Page and Madison counties (Northern Blue Ridge). The species is intolerant of shade and responds positively to disturbances such as fire.
Native Status

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