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Betula occidentalis

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Botanical Name: Betula occidentalis
Common Name: Water Birch

Beautiful weeping habit with copper colored bark. Leaves turn a gold in fall. Recommended for erosion control in moist areas, such as streamsides.

Plant Family: Betulaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 15' H x 10' W
Growth Habit: Single or multi-stemmed, weeping
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Catkins
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Klamath Range, Cascade Range Highlands, Sierra Nevada Highlands, Great Basin, Desert Mountains
Natural Habitat: Streamsides, springs from 2000-7800'

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