How to Draw a Birch Tree

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In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Birch Tree in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Birch Tree.

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How to Draw a Birch Tree - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the roots. Draw a bundle of small wavy lines going up and down.

Step 2: Next, draw the trunk of the tree. From the top of one of your roots on the very far left side, draw a long straight line going up. Draw another long straight line on the root on the very far right side. To add detail to your trunk, add some colored in black dots all around the inside of the trunk.

Step 3: Now, draw the branches. From the top of your trunk on the left, draw a medium slanted line going out away from the tree. Do the same thing on the right side of the tree. Now draw a big “V” in the middle of your slanted lines. You know have branches!

Step 4: Then, draw the twigs coming out of the branches. Just draw a couple of big “V’s” coming out of the branches.

Step 5: To finish up, draw the leaves. Draw big halves circle high above your twigs and branches but instead of using a line, draw little humps to make the leaves stand out. Draw a side ways, half circle using humps, coming out of the top of the tree. Do this once more upside down. Make sure that last half circle connects to your trunk. Do the same steps for the other side of the tree. To add detail, draw a few humps inside the outline of the tree to make it look full of leaves.

Interesting Facts about Birch Trees

Birch Trees grow in Europe, Russia, Japan, and North America. They are a pretty tree that doesn’t get very wide, but it does grow tall. Birch trees can grow up to 40 feet tall. Their trunks are round and pencil-like. The bark on a Birch Tree is thin and looks like paper. The tree likes to grow around water and can live up to 200 years! Birch bark can be a variety of colors from chalky white to golden yellow. Their leaves are round and some have sharp ridges around them. The Birch Tree has been used for all sorts of furniture like doors, bedposts, cabinets, and even skateboards.

Did you know?

  • Paper Birch is the state tree of the state of New Hampshire in the United States.
  • Native Americans used Birch wood for canoes and eating utensils.
  • In Germany, on May 1st every year, single men decorate a birch tree and leave it on the doorstep of their sweetheart.
  • A full grown Birch Tree produces over 1 million seeds a year!
  • Birch leaves are dried for tea in Finland.
  • In Sweden and parts of England, Birch Trees is tapped for its sap so it can be made into wine.

Theme: Lots of beautiful furniture is made every day with various woods. Why not show your students the difference in the different types of wood by displaying chairs, cabinets, doors, or even things like jewelry boxes and doll houses? Lots of things are made with Birch and other wood. Let your students study the different textures and appearances and have them draw what they see.