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Tree of the Week

Beautiful River BirchRiver Birch

Betula nigra--River Birch, Red Birch 

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9 
Height: 45 ft
Spread: 35 ft
Form: oval 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: more than 18 inches 

Comments: River Birch has beautiful, peeling, brown bark that reveals camel-colored and pink beneath. It is more borer resistant than white bark birches, which makes it a much longer-lived landscape tree. Iron chlorosis may be a problem if the pH is too high. The tree tolerates a range of soil moisture but is especially well suited for wet soils. The soft outline, and reddish, scaly bark provides summer and winter interest in both multistem ("clump") and single stem forms.  The fall color is yellow. 



Cultivars: 
'Cully' (Heritage(R))(PP4409) - The lighter colored bark consists of patches of cream, orange and pinkish-tan. 

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