River Birch

River Birch

The most interesting characteristic of the river birch is its salmon-colored bark that peels off in paper-thin layers. The tree is noted for its ability to grow in wet soils, but it will grow in drier situations. The river birch has been greatly ignored in favor of the more showy white-barked birches, but it is a fine ornamental and should be planted more. It is not as susceptible to insects as the white-barked birches.

  • Maximum height: 60 feet

  • Relative growth rate: Good

  • Freedom from insect pests: Good

  • Freedom from disease problems: Excellent

  • Resistance to storm damage: Good

  • Will grow on poorly drained soil: Excellent

  • Will grow in hot, dry areas: Poor

  • Easy to transplant: Good

  • Withstands city conditions: Good

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Information source: University of Missouri - Horticulture

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