Bog birch is a medium-sized, short-lived, clump-forming shrub for wet habitats. It is common in the upper Midwest, although it may be difficult to find in the nursery trade.
This species is native to the Chicago region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Birch
- Family (botanic) Betulaceae
- Tree or plant type Shrub
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Large shrub (more than 8 feet), Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Chicago), Zone 6
- Soil preference Alkaline soil, Wet soil
- Tolerances Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Occasional flooding, Road salt, Wet sites
- Season of interest early fall, early winter, late spring, late winter, mid fall, midwinter
- Flower color and fragrance Inconspicuous
- Shape or form Mounded, Multi-stemmed, Open, Thicket-forming, Upright
- Growth rate Moderate