Betula nigra foliage and catkins
Betula nigra foliage and catkins
Semi mature river birch, stunning against the blue sky
Mature Betula nigra trees at Barcham tree nursery
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Rows of medium-sized River Birch trees at Barcham

Betula nigra

River Birch

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Betula nigra, also known as the River Birch or Red Birch is one of the very best trees for wet soils.

This tree was originally found along river banks in the South East United States and is signified by its unique, shaggy, and flaking cinnamon-coloured bark. Once heard likened to “peeling skin”, the bark of this tree is truly remarkable and gives the stem an almost soft and fluffy-like appearance.

Betula nigra is an impressive and statuesque tree at maturity, producing a broadly pyramidal form as it ages. The foliage, like most Birch, is diamond-shaped and a soft green colour.

This tree performs exceptionally well in wet soil, yet has also been planted successfully in urban conditions and has been seen thriving in arid London tree pits. It is extremely versatile and moving into the future may be a good choice for the South East of the UK as temperatures continue to break records in the summer months.

The River Birch, with its stature and charm, serves as a valuable addition to landscaping plans, especially in areas prone to wet or boggy conditions where alternative options may lack the ornamental appeal.

Betula nigra can be planted as a stately, single specimen or in groups to accentuate the effect of the bark.

Mature height: 12-17m

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Common names
River Birch
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Good for waterlogged soil
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