Park update: The Spur & Coach Passage sections of the High Line at 30th St. & 10th Ave. will be closed through December 11. The rest of the park will remain open.
Through December 31, all gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Your support will go 2X as far for the park you love!
Commonly known as gray birch, this tree is easily recognized on the High Line, displaying chalky white bark punctuated by distinct black triangular markings just below the branch collar.
Betula populifolia serves as a valuable nurse plant in the wild, providing protection to seedlings. This allows other valuable species to flourish in sites that would otherwise be inhospitable. Considered a pioneer species, it is often found growing along abandoned railroad tracks and other disturbed sites where other trees have a hard time establishing themselves.
Betula populifolia can be found throughout the High Line.