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Heritage River Birch

Betula nigra 'Heritage'


Heritage River Birch

Introduction

Heritage River Birch is a fast-growing, ornamental tree with layers of cinnamon, salmon and brown bark peeling back sheets to reveal creamy white inner bark. It can reach heights of 40-50 feet with a spread of 25-40 feet. Lovely dark green leaves, turning a beautiful yellow in fall, support its pyramidal, upright, graceful crown. It can be grown as either a single-trunk or multi-stemmed tree.

Use and Management

The Heritage grows fast, is cold tolerant and heat tolerant, and resists flooding as well as drought, nicely forked, and wind and ice resistant. Plant it as a specimen tree to create a focal point at entrances or in patios. Plant three to five trees in a mass planting to create a focal point to be viewed from a kitchen nook or great room.

Planting

  • Typically planted in 10, 15, 30, or 45 gal containers
  • B&B trees are specified in height (6’ – 8’ ht, etc) or caliper (3” cal., etc)
  • Container trees can be double the price of B&B trees
  • Plant container trees in late summer, if price allows
  • Plant B&B trees if they were dug and cured in the winter months

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