Our native River Birch can tolerate drought and heat better than other birches, and is not bothered by bronze birch borer. It is a rapid growing tree that is perfect for a wet site. Deep green leaves turn bright yellow in the fall. Attractive exfoliating bark adds great interest throughout the year. Catkins bloom in early spring. Plant in slightly acidic soils to prevent the tree from developing chlorosis. Provides a larval food source for many butterfly species. Do not prune in late winter/early spring!