Description: Tree or shrub. Some have bark that peels off in sheets. Oval toothed leaves to 5 in. (13 cm) long. Cone-like oval fruits are up to 4 in. (10 cm) long and disintegrate when ripe.
Habitat: Wet areas.
Remedy: Strong tea made from bark, twigs or leaves is used as a wash. Gargling tea soothes sore mouth/throat. Birch works to detoxify the kidneys, bladder stones, gout and rheumatism arthritis along with reducing fluid retention it clears up numerous skin irritations and problems.