The river birch naturally grows along river banks. But as a landscape tree, it can be planted almost anywhere in the U.S. The species is valued for its relatively rapid growth, tolerance of wetness and some drought.
This tree is considered both a shade tree and an ornamental tree. Often is used for landscaping due to its graceful drooping limbs and attractive color.
A Birch native to the eastern half of the US on river bottoms, but grows well in many soils. Full sun is best for this tree
This tree reaches 40-90′ with a spread of a spread of 40–60′ at maturity, often forming a trunk that divides early and developing an irregular crown. The trunk bark of older mature trees is gray-brown and scaly, exfoliating only slightly, while the trunk bark of young trees exfoliates extensively, becoming ragged with patches of reddish brown, dull orange, or pinkish tan.
Ruffed grouse, turkey and other birds enjoy birch seeds. This tree is also insect resistant!
The river birch grows well in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained, wet and clay soils. It will tolerate moderate flooding as well as some drought. Works well for holding stream banks and keeping erosion in check.
Extra large 2-3 foot seedlings