Considering A River Birch Tree?
If you are looking for a river birch tree, this is the blog for you. I will review important information about this beautiful and strong US native tree. You will learn all about the river birch including its description, care, and facts about the river birch tree. Read on to learn more about our river birch trees for sale.
River birches are distinctive shade trees with their unique shape and exotic bark. River birches often have 2, 3, or even 4 trunks, but sometimes they only have 1 trunk. The green leaves turn vibrant yellow in fall. River birches are fast growing shade trees and they can easily grow 2 to 3 feet per year. With a mature height upwards of 60 feet and a rapid growth rate this shade tree is a great option for large homes. Be sure you have plenty of space for this tree as they can spread to 40 feet across. These adaptable trees are easy to grow and no maintenance once they are established. The river birch is also deer, pollution, wind, and ice tolerant. These trees can grow throughout most of the United States. They are recommended for growing zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
Facts about River Birch Trees
• This tree is botanically known as the Betula nigra and is also referred to as the black birch or water birch.
• River birches are native to a majority of the east coast of the United States to much of the central US.
• This shade tree naturally occurs in wet areas like swamps and floodplains. It enjoys moist soil and can even live in wet sites.
How To Care
River birch trees grow in full sun. These trees can adapt to just about any soil and can even tolerate wet soil. They are also much more heat tolerant than other birches and are drought tolerant once they are established. Water your river birch deeply 2 to 3 times per week for the first 3 months after planting. After your tree is established, you will only need to water during times of severe drought. Add a 2 inch layer of mulch when planting these trees to help keep the soil moist. Be sure to pull the mulch away from the trunk to avoid encouraging pests and disease. Fertilize in early spring with a slow release fertilizer. If pruning is necessary, late winter to early spring is the best time to do this. Remove dead, broken, and diseased branched as soon as you notice them.
How to Plant a River Birch Tree
• Your potted river birch tree should be watered well immediately before planting.This helps prevent shock by ensuring the roots are able to stay moist.
• Dig a hole about twice as wide as the root ball and put your tree in the hole. The top of the root ball should be slightly higher than the existing soil line. Make sure that your tree is straight from a few different vantage points.
• Fill the soil back into the hole around the root ball. Tamp the soil down gently with your hands to remove any air pockets
Water deeply until the ground can no longer hold water.
• Add 2 inches of mulch in a mound around your new tree to help the soil retain moisture longer and reduce watering needs.