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
- Foliage Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Medium shrub (5-8 feet), Large shrub (more than 8 feet)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago)
- Soil preference Alkaline soil, Wet soil
- Tolerances Alkaline soil, Clay soil, Occasional flooding, Road salt, Wet sites
- Season of interest early winter, midwinter, late winter, late spring, early fall, mid fall
- Flower color and fragrance Inconspicuous
- Shape or form Mounded, Multi-stemmed, Open, Thicket-forming, Upright
- Growth rate Moderate