River Birch Seedlings, Betula Nigra
The River Birch Tree is both an excellent shade tree and resistant to flooding, making it a superb choice for landscaping near water, as it holds back riverbeds and helps to control erosion. But this versatile tree is also resistant to drought, and unlike the White Birch variety, the River Birch Tree withstands heat well, thriving in hot and humid locations—but also withstands icy conditions. The cinnamon-colored bark is highly ornamental, as it sheds continually. The accumulated bark near the bottom of the tree deters weeds and other plants from growing near it. This oval-shaped tree features glossy green leaves with a silvery white underside, gold leaves in the fall, green or brown flowers in spring, and 1-3 inch fruit. Songbirds appreciate the small, plentiful seeds, while deer browse on the leaves. Fallen leaves disintegrate easily, making less raking necessary.
Mature Height: 40-70 ft
Width: 40-60 ft
Growth: Fast growing
Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Does well in a variety of soils, prefers moist, acidic soils
Betula nigra -- River Birch Tree
The River Birch Tree makes an excellent yard tree, golf course tree, or ornamental garden tree. Additionally, it can be grown in clumps or as a single trunk, offering a variety of looks.
This birch is a great shade tree to have around your house. This tree is drought resistant and does well in many soils. This tree looks best in autumn months because of it splash of color it adds. It also does well in partial sun. The tree is easy to grow, and it looks just fantastic.