Taxon  Report   1084    
Betula occidentalis  Hook.
Water birch
Betula occidentalis
© 2008 Steve Matson
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Betula occidentalis
© 2016 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Betula occidentalis
© 2010 Lee Dittmann
Betula occidentalis, a dicot, is a tree or shrub that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Betula occidentalis
© 2019 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Genus: Betula
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, North Coastal Coniferous Forest, wetland-riparian


Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Betula papyrifera
PLANTS: Betula beeniana
PLANTS: Betula fontinalis
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More information about  Betula occidentalis
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 21, 2019).