Betula occidentalis (Water Birch)
A moderate growing tree that can reach up to 33 feet high and 25 feet wide. It is deciduous in the winter. The yellow green flowers bloom in the spring. This tree is found in the mountains near streams.
Plant with: Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), Santa Lucia Fir (Abies bracteata), Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), and many others. Meadow Rue (Thalictrum fendleri), Snowdrop Bush (Styrax officinalis), Yellow Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus), Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale), and Huckleberry (Vaccinum ovatum), Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica), wild Rose (Rosa californica), and Hedge Nettle (Stachys bullata).
- Full Sun to part shade
- Best in moist to wet coarse textured soils
- Water three times a month once established
- Attracts butterflies
- Hardy up to -10 degrees
- Native to California