Birch, Rocky Mountain or Water
Category: deciduous tree Size: small
Mature Size: 15' x 10'
Zone: Down to 3 Growth Rate:
Foliage: Ovate leaves 2" long.
Elevation (if known): 5,000 to 9,000'
Water: Moderate. Perfers moist areas.
Soil : Coarse, rocky soils
Comments: Shrubby; often grown as shrub with multiple stems. Bark is shiny chestnut colored. In the wild, often found with willows and cottonwoods in riparian areas. Dense root system. Good for streambank stabilization. Can be trained to be single stemmed for street tree.
Warnings: Requires magnesium and calcium.
Alamosa Tree Board Recommended? yes
Street Tree? yes Street Tree Conditions:
CO/NM native? yes Native to: W North America
Information Sources: Alamosa Tree Board; Sunset Western Garden Book