Betulaceae (Birch Family)
Origin: Western North America
Deciduous, tree. Fast growth rate, 50 - 90' in height with 25 - 45' spread.
Has an oval to pyramidal shape.
Simple leaf type, altemate, rhombic shape, double serrated margins.
2" wide, 3 - 4" long. The color is bright green above paler below.
Monoecious; catkins are green in color, to 6", long. They flower in late
Fall - Winter.
Dry, dehiscent, oval cone. Dark brown in color,
1/4" - 3/4" Fall - Winter.
Single straight trunk.
Full sun, partial shade; Hardiness: Sunset zones:
1 - 19, 14 - 21.
Loam, sand, well drained.
High water needs.
Mistletoe, tent catepillar, wood borer.
Accent, right of way, screen, shade, specimen, lawn tree, habitat restoration,
along stream beds.
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