River Birch Tree

Betula nigra
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If you are looking for an ornamental tree that is not only beautiful but ideal for all seasons, the River Birch is it!

Features: The most prized feature of the River Birch Tree is its delicate bark. In the fall, the River Birch exfoliates its bark and reveals beautiful and unique colors. Flakes of salmon and cinnamon color are hidden under the light taupe outer skin. The leaves of a River Birch are a triangle shape. They have a broad, round base and a point at the other end. In the fall the leaves turn a greenish yellow color.

The River Birch is resistant to strong winds and ice because of strong branches and limbs, adding to its appeal. This distinctive tree adapts well to various soil types though it prefers acidic soil which allows the birch tree to grow in places others won’t survive. The River Birch also adapts well as to wet and dry planting sites. This fast and easy to grow River Birch Tree reaches a height of 40-50 feet with a width of 25-40 feet at its maturity. The River Birch is a very popular tree in most states due to its adaptable nature allowing it to grow in most growing zones.

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growing zone 4-9
Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable, Wet
Sunlight Full Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 40-60 Feet
Mature Width 30-40 Feet

How To Care

Before planting your River Birch be sure you have the right location and conditions for this tree to thrive. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid extreme temperatures you can plant your tree almost any time of the year.

Full Sun is the ideal choice for the River Birch, but as far as soil, this tree is adaptable. This tree tolerates wet soil, but is also drought tolerant once established. Water deeply twice weekly for the first 3 months after planting. This helps the tree's roots establish properly. After establishing, your tree will only need water during dry periods. Add a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch when planting to help keep the soil moist. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease. Fertilize in early spring with a basic slow release fertilizer. River Birch don't generally require pruning, but, if needed, prune when they are dormant in winter or early spring to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches, or to maintain shape. The River Birch is deer, pollution, wind, and ice tolerant.

The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. River Birch trees don't tend to have any serious pest problems. Aphids and Sawfly Larvae can affect River Birch trees. They will feed on leaves, but don't affect the overall health of the tree. You can treat these pests naturally with insecticidal soap. For severe infections you can use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. Fungal issues can occasionally arise. Generally, treating after infection isn't extremely effective. If you have problems yearly, treat in early spring with fungicides to prevent infection.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable, Wet
Sunlight Full Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 40-60 Feet
Mature Width 30-40 Feet

Landscape Ideas

Plant your River Birch as a specimen tree in the yard or plant in clusters of 3. They are great for uplighting! Give them some room to grow because they will take off after the second year. Azaleas, and hydrangeas work great around this birch tree. Also, don't forget to add a boulder to your landscape. Place a boulder off the side of the River Birch and it will really set it off!

For additional options, be sure to browse our Shade Tree collection.

Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable, Wet
Sunlight Full Sun
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 40-60 Feet
Mature Width 30-40 Feet

Shipping Details

We plan each shipment to avoid your plants sitting in transit over the weekend during the summer months. This means your order may be held until the following Monday to ensure the shortest delivery time. We guarantee that your plants arrive at the highest quality possible.

Please see the below transit map that specifies an average amount of days after your order has shipped.

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Linda R.
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River Birch

Fast process. Healthy tree.

United States

My beautiful birch tree

I will definitely order again!!!

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Great tree, fast transit! Could ask for more at that price! Will definitely purchase more trees from the planting tree.


River Birch Tree

love my tree! I was concerned at first because it can grow as either a single- or multi-stemmed tree. I really wanted a multi-stemmed like they show on the picture. That's exactly what I got.

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Sally W

River Birch is already growing!

Our River Birch was received in excellent condition and is already looking very happy in its new home.

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