The River Birch is a beautiful tree that is commonly used in landscape design. The River Birch is a deciduous tree that averages 80′ – 100′ in height and has trunk diameters of 20″ – 60″. Typically, one tree will have multiple trunks. A unique characteristic of this tree is that the bark can vary in appearance from a dark gray-brown, to a pinkish brown and scaly. Or, the tree can appear smooth with a creamy pinkish white bark that appears to be peeling off the tree in papery sheets! The leaves of these trees are also distinct; they are typically 1 1/2″ – 3 1/2″ long and 1″ – 2″ wide. The leaves are serrated and 5 to 12 pairs can be observed on one vein.
The River Birch is also referred to as the Black Birch or Water Birch and the Scientific name is Betula Nigra. This tree is native to the Eastern United States and while many species of Birch are cold loving, the River Birch is one of the few heat tolerant Birches. The native habitat of this tree is wet grounds such as flood plains, swamps, or river beds but it is a favorite in landscape design for the bark features mentioned above.
As you can see from the picture above, if established correctly, the River Birch can be a wonderful addition to your landscape!
If you have River Birch on your property, and are in need of trimming or pruning don’t hesitate to call B & M Tree Service today!