Fussy where located, but birch will thrive if sited properly.
Even wet areas of your land can be transformed into something wonderful: soils too wet for common landscaping or shrubs can be quite a challenge for some. Instead, consider wetland plant species. Seen here is a temporary water retention area, and when flooded, these Bald Cypress (taxidoium dist.) are loving it! Like a scene from the bayous of the gulf coast, but actually in Wheaton, Illinois. Yes, bald-cypress have quite a range. Found naturally- occurring up to S. Il in the Shawnee Nat’l Forest (Cache River area). Quite hardy for our area of Chicago and the suburbs, and quite durable. Here is a picture captured after an intense rain fall (close to 3″ in 30 mins.!!!) in the middle of our drought riddled summer of 2012. Whew! What a relief it was for this wetland group and for much of the area, has been VERY dry. Also seen are Swamp Rose, Black Alder, Swamp Oak (Quercus), and Buttonbush; all native to wetlands.
Taxodium, quercus, buttonbush, swamp rose, and alder. Larger specimens were planted in the late 80’s, and younger plantings are about 8 yrs old.