water birch


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Related to water birch: Betula fontinalis
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Noun1.water birch - birch of western United States resembling the paper birch but having brownish barkwater birch - birch of western United States resembling the paper birch but having brownish bark
Betula, genus Betula - a genus of trees of the family Betulaceae (such as birches)
birch tree, birch - any betulaceous tree or shrub of the genus Betula having a thin peeling bark
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For a change of pace, consider the California native water birch (Betula occidentalis), whose bark is red.
Besides the conifers you'd expect, look for Western water birch (Betula occidentalis), attractive in loose groups along a stream; mountain alder (Alnus tenuifolia), useful for stabilizing soil in moist areas; quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides), which shimmers gold in fall; mountain maple (Acer glabrum), a small multi-trunked tree that thrives in well-drained soil; and mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia), with ferny foliage and colorful summer berries.
Another North American birch, water birch, Betula occidentalis, grows from Canada to California, thriving in wet areas.