A good tree for restoration and reforestation purposes because it does very well in poor, rocky soils. An early successional species that will not tolerate competition for sun. Can be common in abandoned fields and disturbed areas. Frequently planted in the Northeast for strip mine reclamation.
This tree appears to be a “white” birch at first glance but the leaf morphology gives it away. The tip of the gray birch leaf is stretched into a noticeable point. We’ve seen this tree growing well in strip mined areas in gravelly “soil” that seems to have no organic material in it at all.