European White Birch height. The white bark of this birch develops dark splotches with age. Its branches are graceful and pendulous, and its bright green leaves turn yellow in the fall. The tree is native to Europe and Asia Minor. In some parts of northern Europe, the sap of the white birch was once brewed into an alcoholic beverage. Hardiness: Zones 2 to 9. Height: 45 ft. Spread: 30 ft. Form: oval. Type: deciduous tree. Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches. This tree also makes an excellent bonsai!