Spring Garden Tips

River Birch

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Botanical Name

Betula nigra

Hardiness

Zones 3b to 9

Height

40 to 70 feet

Width

40 to 60 feet

Flowers

Catkins

Fruit

Nutlets born on 1 to 1.5" catkins

Fall Color

Yellow

Light

Full sun

Soil

Moist, acidic

Planting and Care

Transplant as balled and burlap

Does well in areas that are prone to temporary flooding

Avoid pruning in spring to prevent bleeding

Borer resistant

Moderately salt tolerant

Problems

Chlorotic in alkaline soils, leaf miner, leaf spot

Varieties to Consider

Graceful Arms - semi-weeping form

Cully - salmon bark that resists turning grey and furrowed with age

Little King - compact, dense branching, 10x12'

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