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16 Best White Bark Trees You’ll Want to Have for Landscaping

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Landscaping can be tough work especially if you already have a lot of features to work around. Finding trees, flowers, and shrubs that work well with those existing features is not easy, but you can make quicker work of it if you use white trees. 

From the flowers to the roots, there are all kinds of trees that produce white growth. Some of the most stunning are those trees with white bark. 

Here are some of the most popular white bark trees you can choose from, they’re sure to add style and sophistication to your lawn.

#1. Paper Birch

white birch

Also referred to as the white birch, this tree is native to North America and is sometimes referred to as the canoe birch, too. Why? In the past, Native Americans used the bark to make canoes. 

#2. Sycamore

Sycamore

The sycamore tree has dense white bark that will peel off the tree in patches. It has a trunk that can be split into three or so large branches, with foliage that spreads up to 70 feet wide. The tree grows well in most conditions, as long as it has open access to sunlight. It can even tolerate periods of flooding. 

#3. Himalayan Birch

himalayan birch

Some types of birch trees produce brown or beige-colored bark, but there are a few with white parts and trunks.

This birch tree, native to the Himalayan region as you might expect, grows well in partial to full sunlight and well-draining soil. It grows best in zones 1 through 8—areas that have too-hot summer weather are not conducive to this tree’s health. 

#4. Silver Birch

silver birch

The silver birch, or European birch, native to northern Europe, is grown in many parts of the United States for its ornamental value. As the tree grows, it produces shiny, white bark. 

#5. White Poplar

white poplar

The white poplar grows quickly, reaching heights of 60 to 100 feet in no time. The bark of these white trees is smooth and lightly colored, with a white hue that slowly darkens over time. 

White poplars grow in a single, upright form, producing multiple small branches with a similar upright form. These trees grow best when given access to full sunlight and dry conditions. 

#6. Erman’s Birch

Native to parts of Asia like China, Japan, Korea, and Siberia, this tree produces cream-colored bark that is perfect for developing gardens. There are several cultivars you can choose from, including Grayswood Hill and Polar Bear. 

#7. Plane Tree

Plane trees

Common in London, this large tree is a popular shade and ornamental tree that’s found in parks and streets all over the country. It’s particularly admired for its bark and for its resilience to urban conditions.

#8. Quaking Aspen

quaking aspen

A medium-sized tree, the quaking aspen, also known as the American Aspen, only grows to about 50 feet tall, making it a good landscaping tree. As the tree ages, its white bark darkens and develops thick ridges.

The tree grows best in full sunlight and can tolerate occasional flooding. It has a large range and is hardy from zones 1 to 10.

#9. Bald Cypress

The bald cypress is not entirely white, but its bark is white enough to make this list for sure! It’s found predominantly in the Florida Everglades and the bayous of Louisiana. These trees can be incredibly old, with thousand-year-old trunks that spread out at the roots.

See more: Bald Cypress bonsai tree

#10. Whitebark Pine

Found in the western United States and Canada, this tree grows well in high altitudes, such as those found in the Rocky Mountains. It is often grown right at the alpine tree line of mountains and has a somewhat dwarfed, bedraggled appearance. 

#11. Spinning Gum

This tree is often used in landscaping and is native to Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory. It does well in areas where it snows for several months out of the year.

#12. Betula ‘Fascination’ Birch

A very specific cultivar of birch, this tree produces bark that can vary from orange-copper to fully white when peeled back. The tree matures quickly, pushing out rapid growth and a gorgeous canopy. It offers year-round interest to a lawn or garden.

#13. Brittle Gum

Another gumtree to consider is brittle gum. It’s a eucalyptus species with white/grey bark. 

#14. White Satin Birch

Another type of birch tree with white bark is the White Satin Birch. This tree also grows quickly, producing a dense, deciduous habit. It has leathery bright green leaves that become darker as the season progresses. They eventually turn a deep golden yellow in the fall.

#15. European Poplar

Frequently referred to as the Eurasian Poplar, this tree is grown throughout parts of northern Europe and Iceland. It looks a lot like the Quaking Aspen but has bark that’s a bit more gray than just pure white. Be careful growing it if you live in the United States, as it has an invasive nature.

#16. Ghost Gum

Native to Australia, this tree has smooth white bark. It forms a single main trunk that eventually splits itself into multiple small branches. The tree has long leaves with a feathery appearance. The tree is only hardy in zones 9 to 11 but can otherwise tolerate most growing conditions. 


Why Should You Grow White Trees?

A white tree adds a touch of class to any landscape. Although you won’t be able to grow a gum tree if you live in the American Midwest, you will likely be able to grow a large number of the other tree species on this list. Choose the one that meshes best with your growing zone, and remember—you can’t go wrong when you decide to grow white trunk trees!

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