Found naturally along streambanks and bogs, this smaller deciduous tree has smooth, gray-brown bark with alternating, wavy, hairy leaves. Slim, green male flowers and red female flower appear in the winter. Fruiting cones with woody scales (resembling small pine cones) mature in the fall and persists throughout winter that attracts birds and deer to the food source.
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Thrives best in full to partial sun; avoid full shade. Plant in moist to wet soils; however, can tolerates mucky soils.