American Dwarf Birch


(Betula glandulosa)

American Dwarf Birch
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American Dwarf Birch thicket
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American Dwarf Birch is a Multi-stemmed, thicket-forming shrub native to alpine and cold to cool temperate areas across North America. Mostly found in bogs and wetlands growimg alongside alders and willows; also occurs in a variety of habitats like forest and mountains, used for erosion control. The bark is smooth and brown with many large resin glands. Leaves are circular to oval and toothed. Many animals graze on American Dwarf Birch including elk, deer, caribou, moose, and other mammals. Used by grizzly bears to make their dens; hybridizes with B. Nana and B. papyrifera.