River Birch Seedlings
- Latin Name- Betula Nigra Hardy Planting Zone- 4-7 Mature Height- 40-70 ft Width-15-25 Sun or Shade- Full to Partial Sunlight
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River Birch Seedlings - Betula nigra
The River Birch Seedlings is a fast-growing, deciduous tree that will grow in zones 4-9. It is native to the Eastern United States from Minnesota and New Hampshire down to Texas and Florida. It can grow as much as 13-24 inches per year. When it has matured, the River Birch will reach a height of 40-70 feet with a spread of 40-60 feet. It performs best when it is planted in full sun to partial shade. This tree needs a minimum of 4 hours a day of unfiltered, direct sunlight.
This low maintenance tree thrives in acidic, sandy, moist, well-drained soil. It does tolerate some moderate flooding, as well as some drought conditions. Do NOT plant it is very alkaline soil. It is typically found along lake shores and on floodplains. The River Birch Seedlings has leathery green leaves that measure about 2-3 inches long. They are diamond shaped with double-toothed margins that are alternately arranged. The leaves turn a beautiful yellow color in the fall. In May or June, catkins will begin to appear. Catkins are cylindrical, thin flower cluster that have no petals. They are either green or brown. The catkins will mature in May to June and give way to a large number of small nutlets. The River Birch has a very unusual bark that curls and peels. When it does this, it reveals a fantastic cinnamon or salmon color underneath. These trees can be either single stemmed or multistemmed.
Most commonly, the River Birch Seedlings is used as a shade tree or to protect stream banks from eroding. It attracts a wide variety of songbirds as well as deer. In the past, it was used to make ox yolks and wooden shoes. Today, it can be used to make toys and artificial limbs. These trees will make a stunning addition to your landscape.
River Birch Seedlings will mature into super individual trees. They grow fast often at a rate of 2 to 3 feet per year or more. They have a naturally pleasing shape. These make magnificent shade trees, and some add them to the landscape or lawn as ornamentals. They do well around bodies of water like lakes and ponds and can help with soil erosion in those areas. They are robust, sturdy and easy to grow since they adapt well to many different types of soil.