Fast Growing Shade Tree
River birch is a deciduous medium to large-sized native tree. The leaves are alternate, double serrated, wedge-shaped, and sharply pointed. The flowers are unisexual, borne in separate male and female catkins on the same tree. The bark is light brown to buff, paperlike; exfoliating on young trees, turning to scaly bark on older trees.
Positive attributes include its peeling, cinnamon-brown bark; its graceful, pendulous habit; its tolerance of lawn irrigation, and its yellow fall color.