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Betula nigra
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Betula nigra


Description: Betula nigra, also known as The River Birch is a lovely sight when it develops its shaggy bark. A beautiful, fast growing tree with remarkable pinkish-orange bark which becomes dark brown and rigid as they age. Soft green, diamond-shaped leaves turn golden in the autumn. There are several cultivars worth considering with B. nigra 'Wakehurst Place' that is similar and recent intorduction B. nigra 'Summer Cascade' a more compact weeping form. All nigra forms are especially suitable for damp conditions. This spectacular variery will look stunning planted within a group or on it's own and is brilliant for all year round interest.

Betula Growing Tips: They will succeed on most soils with certain species happy even in wet sites. Although tolerant of chalk soils they will not reach a maximum size in these conditions. Best planted in a full sun position.

Height and Spread (after 10 years) : 6m x 4m

General attributes

Text Yellow Green Foliage
Text Pendulous

Ornamental attributes

Medium tree size after 10 years Medium tree size after 10 years
Attractive bark Attractive bark
Autumn colour Autumn colour
Prefers acid soil Prefers acid soil
Chalk tolerant Chalk tolerant
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Drought tolerant Drought tolerant
Don't prune Don't prune