River birch is native to lower elevations in southeastern United States, but can grow as far north as Minnesota and as far west as eastern Kansas. It can grow as tall as 60 feet, but often the trunk "divides" resulting in a smaller tree with multiple limbs growing off one root system. It gets its name because it thrives when planted close to a body of water, such as a river or stream. Bark peels away from the trunk, adding an interesting texture to the landscape. River birch turns shades of yellow and gold in the fall.