It’s easy to see why the River Birch tree is so popular—its unique, delicate bark naturally peels to expose beautiful flakes of cinnamon and it can be seen boosting the character of landscapes anywhere from the Deep South to the Great Lakes!
The cinnamon-colored, peeling bark of this birch is what makes it a spectacular addition to landscapes in the winter. The River Birch features lustrous, medium-green leaves and it is the most borer resistant birch. This means it is least likely to get torn by wood destroying organisms.
Tolerant of both wet, moist soils and is heat tolerant in dry summers, the river birch will grow up to 40 to 70 feet tall. It has an extremely fast growth rate in addition to its heat tolerance. The River birch betula nigra grows up to 1-3 feet per year. Its life is short, but it grows fast.
River Birch does not do well in partial shade, a characteristic of “pioneer” species (plants that are the first to colonize an open habitat) so be sure to plant this tree in an area exposed to full sun. Once established, this giant will become an excellent shade tree.
River Birch fruit is cone shaped and a little over an inch long. The cone contains hairy seeds that travel by wind and water. This fast growing tree is the only spring-fruiting birch and the only native birch whose range includes the southeastern coastal plain. It grows best in plant hardiness USDA zones 4-9.
Likely to be found on river and stream banks, this reddish brown tree grows well in a variety of conditions and has an attractive, exfoliating bark. A great choice for most places in the United States. Exactly as its name states, it is a semi aquatic tree meaning it likes to grow near bodies of water.
This River Birch tree for sale is not shipped bare root. It is rooted in its container with soil.
- Showy bark
- Yellow fall color
- Fast growing
- Shade tree