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Genus of about 7 species of deciduous trees and shrubs from woodland in eastern Asia and Polynesia.
In regions with cooler summers if remains as a large shrub.
The bark is used to make high-quality paper and the inner bark, tapa, a cloth used now as ceremonial costume in Pacific Island communities.
B. papyrifera is the only widely cultivated species.
Deciduous - tree and shrubs
Tall Shrub - remains as shrub in areas with cool summers.
Full sun - well drained. Shelter from wind.
Additional Features - Good to know - Of the 7 species of the genus B. papyrifera is the only widely cultivated species. Tolerant of heat, pollution and poor soil.
Pests & Diseases - canker, leaf spot.
Place of origin - eastern Asia, Polynesia.