Betula pumila

Common name: Dwarf Birch

Native plant

Interesting member of the birch family in Illinois being a shrub rather than a tree.  Like other birch it loves wet areas but seems to be prefectly happy in urban yards that stay a bit wet. Used singularly or as a hedge the glossy foliage is clear and turns a golden yellow in the fall. It does not have the the exfoliating bark of the others in its family, rather it is coppery in color and nearly glows in the fall and winter months. 


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Price Level: 
Woodies- Specialty Shrub
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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Durable Near High Traffic Areas, Uncompacted Urban Soils, Harsh Exposure Tolerant, Road-side/Salt Tolerant, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Urban Suited, Wetlands

Growth form

Dence Growth Form, Shrubby/Clump, Low branched

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Orange Yellow


Mature height
6 Feet
Mature width
4 Feet
Max height
7 Feet
Max width
5 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Rain garden suited

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