River Birch, Betula Nigra
The River Birch is part of the birch family of trees. As its name suggests, you will often find this beautiful and unique tree growing along the sides of riverbanks, but it is a tolerant tree that can be used in a variety of settings. Its cinnamon colored, curling bark is distinctive of its species and makes it both an ornamental and a shade tree. The River Birch seedlings can be delivered to your home or yard and used for shade, decoration or on hillsides and riverbanks to prevent erosion. Once the seedlings mature you will see brown and green catkins growing in April and May, then the tree will produce tiny nutlets May until June.
River Birch is a favorite
What a popular and decorative tree! Many are drawn to the ornamental appeal of the gentle limbs and unique bark. The cinnamon colored bark appears to be peeling away from the trunk. Generally, multiple trunks grow closely to one another.
River Birch Is A Hardy Tree
River Birch trees are very tolerant and can grow well in both wet and dry soils, but very alkaline soils should be avoided. Compared to others, this tree is considered short lived. With its brilliantly colored leaves in the fall, this tree is a beauty to behold.
River Birch is excellent to plant near swamps or river's edge
Because this tree thrives with sufficient water, this tree can make a wonderful addition to a river bank or muddy area. No major pests are attracted to this tree. It is commonly referred to as perennial. In the Spring, this tree starts its active growth period.