Full sun to shade tolerant
River birch reaches a mature size of 70 to 80 feet in height and 1 to 3 feet in diameter. Seldom harvested, it has been used in the manufacturing of inexpensive furniture, toys, basket hoops and turned articles. It is commonly planted for stream bank restoration and other erosion control situations. It is also an attractive ornamental tree. It is the only birch native to the Coastal Plain in the southeastern United States.Its habitat includes deep, rich soils on stream banks, pond and swamp edges.