Posted by: ashburnreviews | April 21, 2009

River Birch Catkins

I have the oddest things growing on the ends of the branches of my beautiful river birch tree. I think this is the first year that I have noticed them. Thank goodness the Internet gives me an easy opportunity to look them up.

As it turns out, what you see in the photo that I just took are the male flowers of the River Birch Tree. They grow in the fall and are called Catkins. Catkins stay on the tree through the winter. In early Spring these flowers “bloom” and produce pollen. River Birches, by the way also have female flowers, but I have yet to see these.

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