Betulaceae Betula pubescens ssp. pubescens

Downy Birch

Chippewa - Fiber, Canoe Material

Use documented by:
Gilmore, Melvin R., 1933, Some Chippewa Uses of Plants, Ann Arbor. University of Michigan Press, page 128

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Scientific name: Betula pubescens ssp. pubescens
USDA symbol: BEPU5 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Downy Birch
Family: Betulaceae
Family (APG): Betulaceae
Native American Tribe: Chippewa
Use category: Fiber
Use sub-category: Canoe Material
Notes: Bark used in boat building. The bark was stripped off at raspberry ripening time, laid away and pressed flat until the next spring. When required for manufacture, especially in boat building, it was heated over a fire to make it pliable for shaping to the purpose.

RECRD: 31941 id: 7320