Betula nigra

River Birch

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One of the best trees for planting in wet areas. Has a strong, pyramidal form. Has peeling bark that on younger trees is pink to orange-brown and reveals lighter, cream-white bark when peeling. On older trees the bark is red to grey-brown developing to almost black. Glossy, green leaves are glaucous underneath. They turn bright-yellow in autumn.

exotic tree Exotic
deciduous tree Deciduous
tolerates windy sites Tolerates windy sites
clay soils Clay soils
poor draining soils Poor draining soils
street Street
Stem Foliage Flowers Fruit
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Spring

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Taxonomy and Etymology

Family: Betulaceae, birch family, a family of deciduous, nut-bearing trees and shrubs.

Genus: Betula, betula (Latin, noun), meaning 'birch tree'. Commonly known as birch, a genus of deciduous trees and shrubs.

Species: Betula nigra, nigrā (Latin, adjective), meaning 'black, dark', in reference to the colour of the bark on mature trees of this species of this species.

Common Name: River Birch

Description and Features

Description: One of the best trees for planting in wet areas. Has a strong, pyramidal form. Has peeling bark that on younger trees is pink to orange-brown and reveals lighter, cream-white bark when peeling. On older trees the bark is red to grey-brown developing to almost black. Glossy, green leaves are glaucous underneath. They turn bright-yellow in autumn.

Height: 10m

Width: 6m

Uses: Street

Tolerates: Windy

Soil Type: Clay soils, Poor draining soils

Winter Foliage: Deciduous

Origin: Exotic

Stem:

  • Summer: White, Pink, Orange, Brown, Black

  • Autumn: White, Pink, Orange, Brown, Black

  • Winter: White, Pink, Orange, Brown, Black

  • Spring: White, Pink, Orange, Brown, Black

Foliage:

  • Summer: Green

  • Autumn: Yellow

  • Winter: None

  • Spring: Green

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