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Betula nana

Bog Birch, Dwarf Birch, Scrub Birch

Community: Riparian

Brief Description

Red-barked, multi-branched shrub with petite, scalloped leaves.

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  • Handsome Texture Shrub
  • Glossy Round Leaves
  • Moisture-Loving
  • Low-Growing Screen

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Plant Description and Details

A shrubby tree, Bog Birch has little resemblance to either Paper Birch or Water Birch. The bark is reddish with warty white markings, the leaves, quarter-sized, are rounded and pleasing to the eye, turning reddish brown in the fall. Theshrubby, clumped base carries multiple twisting, curving branches that give the shrub a relaxed, playful feel. Slim brown catkins dangle gracefully in the fall. Often found in large colonies in poorly-drained areas in the wild.

Common Names Bog Birch, Dwarf Birch, Scrub Birch
Community Riparian
Drought Tolerant No
Native Range Marshes, bogs, meadows, damp hillsides, WA to MT, south to CA and UT.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Moist
Placement Along a watercourse, pond, or moist fencerow, a great "filler" shrub.
Mature Height 6 - 12 ft.
Mature Width 8 ft.
Group Spacing 4-6 ft.
Blossom Color Brown Fall Catkins
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 4-5 times deeply the first summer.
Plants Symbol BENA
Family Name Betulaceae
Lewis & Clark No
 

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