River Birch

River Birch

Betula nigra

Plant Characteristics

  • Zone: 4-9
  • Height: 40-60'
  • Spread: 20'
  • Growth: fast
  • Spacing: 20-30'
  • Form : single or multi-trunk tree
  • Usage: Widely adaptable, dapled shade, flood and drought tolerant
  • Soil: tolerant

As its name suggests, the Betula nigra naturally grows along river banks. But as a landscape tree, it can be planted almost anywhere in the U.S. The species is valued for its relatively rapid growth, tolerance of wetness and some drought, unique curling bark, spreading limbs and relative resistance to birch borer. This is the one of the best trees for planting flowers or other smaller plants underneath.

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