Betula nigra Betula

Betula

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

Attributes

  • Do not prune
  • Drought tolerant
  • M Size: Medium
  • Leaf colour: Yellow / Green
  • Prefers acid soil
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Attractive bark
  • Autumn colour

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