Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: High

Dry Soil: Low

Lime: Medium

Betula nigra thrives exceptionally well in the challenging environments of urban settings and serves as a commendable substitute for the Platanus hispanica. While many birch species favour colder climates, the nigra exhibits remarkable heat tolerance, making it particularly suited for areas surrounded by structures that radiate significant heat.

Originating from the swampy regions of the southern United States, the river birch excels in locations susceptible to excessive water saturation and can endure poor soil conditions, including clay.

Its distinctive bark stands out as its most captivating feature, showcasing distinct stages as it matures. In its early stages, the bark shed delicate layers of warm coral pink, which reveals fresh bark underneath. With maturity, these gentle hues transform to richer shades of brown intermingled with burnt amber.

For busy urban environments, our heavy standard tree with a single central leader is an excellent selection. Recognising the charm of its bark, Hillier Trees also grows premium multi-stem varieties, celebrating both its aesthetic appeal and practicality.

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Size

Medium

11m high x 6m wide after 25 years

Foliage

Shiny, diamond shaped leaves in a deep green hue transform into a stunning yellow shade during autumn.

Bark

Its most distinct characteristic is evident in its bark, which sheds in layers of rich cocoa toned strips. This reveals fresh, cinnamon coloured bark.

Flowers

Catkins are wind pollinated and up to 6cm in length. Quite unique for birch that these mature in late spring, offering yellow colour against the green leaves.

Resilience

A resilient tree that thrives in both excessively wet and dry environments. It can withstand elevated temperatures, making it a suitable choice for areas build near structures that emit significant heat.

Available As:

Semi-Mature, Super Semi-Mature, Multi-stem

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