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.


Click on each individual photo to enlarge for full size preview.

Price Level: 
Woodies- Standard Tree
Sizing Options: 
1 Gallon
5 Gallon
10 Gallon
15 Gallon


« Go back to the plants listing page

My Cart

Your order contains no products.

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Moist Mesic, Wet

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Compacted/New Construction Soils, Yards that Flood


Floodplain, Moist Woods, Savannas, Wetlands

Growth form

Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color

Yellowish Catkin

Fall color



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

Plants Comparison

Add | View Comparison

Order Online

To be notified when this plant becomes available again click the 'Notify me' button to get a reminder email.

Notify me