The Birch is a highly ornamental deciduous tree of graceful (sometimes drooping) habit, bearing light-green leaves. All of the species are hardy and will grow freely in any well-drained soil, provided they get abundance of water at the roots. A situation on or about a well-kept lawn suits the Birch admirably if it is sheltered from harsh winds. Fine effects are produced by combining the Birch with the Bamboo, as, when planted in group form, their habits of growth blend excellently. Propagate by seeds which should be sown, as soon as ripe, in a shady border in light sandy soil; barely cover the seeds with the soil. The seedlings should be transplanted, when a year old, into nursery rows.