If you are looking for an ornamental tree that is not only beautiful but ideal for all seasons, the River Birch is it!
Features: The most prized feature of the River Birch Tree is its delicate bark. In the fall, the River Birch exfoliates its bark and reveals beautiful and unique colors. Flakes of salmon and cinnamon color are hidden under the light taupe outer skin. The leaves of a River Birch are a triangle shape. They have a broad, round base and a point at the other end. In the fall the leaves turn a greenish yellow color.
The River Birch is resistant to strong winds and ice because of strong branches and limbs, adding to its appeal. This distinctive tree adapts well to various soil types though it prefers acidic soil which allows the birch tree to grow in places others won’t survive. The River Birch also adapts well as to wet and dry planting sites. This fast and easy to grow River Birch Tree reaches a height of 40-50 feet with a width of 25-40 feet at its maturity. The River Birch is a very popular tree in most states due to its adaptable nature allowing it to grow in most growing zones.
Landscape Uses: Plant your River Birch as a specimen tree in the yard or plant in clusters of 3. They are great for uplighting! Give them some room to grow because they will take off after the second year. Azaleas, and hydrangeas work great around this birch tree. Also, don't forget to add a boulder to your landscape. Place a boulder off the side of the River Birch and it will really set it off!
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|Grows in Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Mature Height||40-60 Feet|
|Mature Width||30-40 Feet|
|Botanical Name||Betula nigra|
How To Care for your new River Birch Tree
Before planting your River Birch be sure you have the right location and conditions for this tree to thrive. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid extreme temperatures you can plant your tree almost any time of the year.
Full Sun is the ideal choice for the River Birch, but as far as soil, this tree is adaptable. This tree tolerates wet soil, but is also drought tolerant once established. Water deeply twice weekly for the first 3 months after planting. This helps the tree's roots establish properly. After establishing, your tree will only need water during dry periods. Add a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch when planting to help keep the soil moist. Do not allow the mulch to touch the trunk as this increases the chances of pests and disease. Fertilize in early spring with a basic slow release fertilizer. River Birch don't generally require pruning, but, if needed, prune when they are dormant in winter or early spring to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches, or to maintain shape. The River Birch is deer, pollution, wind, and ice tolerant.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. River Birch trees don't tend to have any serious pest problems. Aphids and Sawfly Larvae can affect River Birch trees. They will feed on leaves, but don't affect the overall health of the tree. You can treat these pests naturally with insecticidal soap. For severe infections you can use pesticides like carbaryl, also known as Sevin. Fungal issues can occasionally arise. Generally, treating after infection isn't extremely effective. If you have problems yearly, treat in early spring with fungicides to prevent infection.
Unpack all of your plants right away! Look for the perfect location. Make sure you are planting in the correct light conditions.
Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.
Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil. Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.
Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.
Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.
Finish up by mulching around your new plant. Apply 1-2 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.
Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.
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