Betula nigra

Common name: River Birch

Native plant

A fast-growing birch (up to 3 feet per year) with exfoliating cinnamon to brown bark. Best planted in groups on wet to moist soil with pH of 6.5. As birch is very drought-sensitive, you might try planting it near a downspout. Can be single or multi-stem. Requires full sun. Time and time again I see this plant being misused. High and dry with high pH soils will kill this tree. On the Kankakee River, River Birch sits in water for over a month or two.

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Pricing information per unit for 5 gallon growing method
1 to 10 units $22
11 to 24 units $19
25 or more units $16.50
Pricing information per unit for 15 gallon growing method
1 to 10 units $90
11 to 24 units $80
25 or more units $75
Pricing information per diameter
1.50 inch $70
1.75 inch $80
2.00 inches $90

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Plant Details

Plant type

Tree

Soil type

Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, New Construction, Yards that Flood

Habitat

Floodplain, Moist Woods, Savannas, Wetlands

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate

Fast

Flower color

Catkin

Fall color

Yellow

Size

Mature height
30 Feet
Mature width
20 Feet
Max height
50 Feet
Max width
40 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Great for Screening/Border Plantings Loved by birds

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