River Birch


Botanical Name: Betula nigra

Common Name: River Birch

Height: 40 – 70 ft  Width 40-60 ft.  Fast growing.

Full sun to part shade.  Medium to wet areas.  Prefers moist, acidic, fertile soils including semi-aquatic conditions, but also tolerates drier soils.  Low maintenance but consider using soaker hoses and mulch to keep root zones cool and moist.  A problem solver for low lying sites too wet for other species. 


This is a deciduous woody plant which loses its leaves in the winter. By late September this plant may have brown or discolored leaves with some leaf loss. This is normal in the plant’s life cycle and not a sign of damage or an unhealthy plant. Even though this plant may not have green foliage, fall is still the best time of year to plant deciduous trees and shrubs.

10 gallon – Customers will need to load this tree themselves.

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The deciduous River Birch tree is vigorous, fast-growing, medium sized.  It grows on floodplains, swampy bottomlands and along streams.  Attractive buff-colored peeling bark is a wonderful backdrop for yellow fall color.  An impressive specimen commonly grown as a clump of several trunks.  Considered to be more resistant to borers than the European  White Birch.  Tolerates moist areas. It can be trained as either a single trunk or multi-trunked tree.  It is the most culturally adaptable and heat tolerant of the birches.

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