The leaves on my birch tree are still not turning color at this point of time. As the length of the days change the tree will be effected by it. I am looking forward to the yellow leaves that it develops but not to the loosing of the leaves onto the ground.
Today I also have the great memories of the birch in Minnesota and along the North Shore of Lake Superior. This tree is a sprout that I brought home 35 years ago and is probably the only birch tree in the area for miles. The river birch and clump birch are everywhere now because of commercial sales but the strong true birch is still rare in Iowa.