The River Birch is the most planted birch variant in the United States. This tree is a staple shade tree, found in most of the park or landscape in the country. In the spring, River Birch grows fresh, light green leaves and female catkins that stand up on the ends of the branches. As the diamond-shaped leaves mature in the summer, they become a beautiful, shiny, dark green. The catkins of the River Birch are used by redpolls and pine siskins. The foliage is eaten by deer and other browsers. The small but plentiful seeds are appreciated by a wide range of songbirds.
Growth Rate: It has a fast growth rate.
Mature Size: This tree can grow up to a height of 40-70 feet.
Soil Preference: It prefers acidic, clay, drought, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained, wet soils.