If you look at an older stem, still young but older, you will see what looks like 2 leaves coming off of each node. They are really coming from the bud and develop like small spurs.
One of the best of the many white barked birches. Heavily lenticeled as well. Peeling bark reveals a yellowish pink new layer of bark. All branch ridges and scars develop black areas making for a great contrast.
All birch trees need ample water. They used to thrive in our heavily irrigated lawns but we don't do lawns anymore, do we? Anyway, the thrive best in cool climates, but you will see them everywhere.
Betula jacquemontii around here. Look at the buds. Differs in habit from the European Weeping birch as the lateral branches are only lightly pendulous.
McGregor Dr. at Perch Way. They are planted on one side of the driveway with Betula pendula on the other. Intentional? Maybe, but a great spot to look at them side by side.
Front St all along the side of the street with SC Book Shop.