Betula nigra 'Heritage'
A reliable, vigorous performer.
This tree is native to stream banks in the eastern deciduous forest. In the wild, it usually grows with multiple stems; however, single-stem specimens are less susceptible to breakage when mature. The cream-colored bark of the young tree ages to a pleasing scaly-salmon color. Often planted without enough consideration for its rapid growth and potential large size, this tree often reaches 50’ in height with a 40’ spread. Fall color is a respectable yellow. River Birch is resistant to Bronze Birch Borer and Birch Leaf Miner, but it may become chlorotic in high-PH soils.
One of my favorite companion plants for this tree is the Sweetbay, especially the "Moonglow" cultivar. The glossy, broad-leaf, semi-evergreen leaves of the Sweetbay enhance the year-round appeal of the River Birch bark. Plant shrubs with red and/or orange fall color beneath the River Birch to accent the bark and the fall shades. For a backdrop, use dark green conifers such as Oriental Spruce and Nordmann Fir.
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