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