Trees and Shrubs forum: Is my birch drowning?

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Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Birds Dragonflies Ferns Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Bonehead
May 4, 2018 2:45 PM CST
I have both paper birch and river birch. The river birch are from a native nursery and appear to be doing OK. The paper birch is just leafing out and the bottom 2/3 of the tree is noticeably bare, with leaves only in the upper canopy. All these trees are sited in a soggy field with a year-round creek and farm pond close by. We struggle with beavers, and we have an active family again. They have dammed up the creek two properties downstream from us which has risen the level of our pond and really saturated the already soggy surrounding grassy field. I note in our database that paper birch perhaps does not tolerate wet soil as well as river birch. I assume now that the lower branches have died back, they likely won't rejuvenate themselves, and I am looking at a slow tree death. Sadly. The paper birch is older than the river birch, and was really starting to form a presence.

No camera at the moment, so no photos available.
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Name: Rick Webb
southeast Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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ILPARW
Jun 23, 2018 1:40 PM CST
I have seen Paper Birch in Minnesota growing right along streams and creeks and lake banks, but that water is moving and aeriated. I would expect some kind of yellowing or browning of leaves would show up if it is drowning.
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Birds Dragonflies Ferns Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Bonehead
Jun 23, 2018 1:44 PM CST
I spoke too soon. Apparently this leafs out from top to bottom or something, and just gave the appearance of being dead on the bottom. It has now fully leafed out and appears healthy as can be. It is in a really saturated spot but appears healthy. Yay.
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