Let’s get acquainted – my name is Curly Birch

Hello, I am the Carelian Birch, also known as the Karelian Birch or Masur Birch. I am a tree species that belongs to the birch family, and I am widely known for my beautiful white bark with dark diamond-shaped markings.


I am native to the Karelian  regions in northern Europe, including parts of Finland, Russia,  Baltics and Poland. In these areas, I have been cherished for centuries for my unique beauty and strength. In fact, I have been the subject of many folk tales and legends that celebrate my role in the region’s culture.

But my value is not just in my appearance. My wood is highly prized for its durability and resistance to decay, making it ideal for use in Home Decor and furniture making. My bark has also been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including skin conditions, respiratory problems, and joint pain.

Unfortunately, my species has faced significant threats in recent years, including deforestation and climate change. As a result, I am now considered a vulnerable species, and conservation efforts are underway to protect me and other birch trees from further harm.

If you are lucky enough to encounter me in person, take a moment to appreciate my unique beauty and the cultural and ecological significance that I hold. And if you have the opportunity to use my wood or bark, be sure to do so with respect and care, so that I can continue to thrive for generations to come.