Birch, River Birch

  • Betula nigra as a multi-stem

    Betula nigra as a multi-stem

  • Row of Betula nigra on the Barcham Trees nursery

    Row of Betula nigra at Barcham Trees

  • The stunning peeling bark of the Betula nigra

    The stunning peeling bark of the Betula nigra

Betula nigra

Row of Betula nigra on the Barcham Trees nursery

Row of Betula nigra at Barcham Trees

Betula nigra

Also known as the Red Birch this is one of the very best trees for wet soils and we favour the clonal selection from the States called Heritage selected in 1968 for its vigour and uniformity.

Originally found along the river banks of the South Eastern United States this medium sized tree makes a great show with its shaggy flaking cinnamon / orange bark.

Mature trees are truly statuesque and broadly pyramidal in form. Foliage is soft green and diamond shaped.

Its common name of River Birch is misleading as we have seen this tree thriving in arid London tree pits once established.

It can tolerate extreme heat in the summer thriving in Florida as well as Kentucky in the States so this could become a good choice for the South East of the UK as temperatures continue to break records during the summer months.

We stock these as both single and multi-stems.

Mature heights and crown spread can vary depending on environmental conditions

Mature height: 15-20m

Mature spread: 8-12m