This wonderful, fast-growing tree has become popular among landscapers due to its showy exfoliating bark, which can range from light pink to brown. Naturally found along riverbanks, it produces distinctive monoecious flowers (February-March) consisting of large drooping brown male catkins and upright green female catkins which are somewhat smaller. Leaves are roughly diamond-shaped, in attractive shades of green which brighten to a striking yellow in fall. Resistant to most diseases as well as the bronze birch borer, and tolerant of clay, Black Walnut, occasional drought, and flooding. Important food source for seed-eating birds, a good rain-garden tree well-suited for erosion control.

Average To Moist
Sun To Part Shade
40-50 foot tall (10-25 foot wide)
Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b
Deer Resistant

Native Range: NH south to FL excluding VT and RI. West to TX, western edge of range includes OK, KS, MO, IA, MN and across top of US excluding MI. Rare in NY and NH.

River Birch - 2-3 foot tall in a quart pot 23.00
River Birch - 3-4 foot tall in a quart pot $27.00

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