An attractive, vigorous, moisture-loving tree. Tolerating heat better than other birch species, its range extends all the way to northern Florida. Prefers a damp environment, but can grow on higher land as well. Often selected as an ornamental tree in the landscape for its beautiful exfoliating bark, and multi-stemmed trunk. Many species of birds use it to nest, and as a food source. Native Americans boiled sap from the tree to use like maple syrup. This is a very adaptable, all-around great tree.