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River Birch

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The papery bark on the beautiful River Birch is very attractive & unique. These trees are a good source of shade and ornamental value as well.

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River Birch

Classic Ornamental Tree will Beautify Your Landscape

Height:

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better results the first full growing season.

5-6 ft.
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River Birch
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Birch Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. Birch Trees Slow Release Fertilizer Tablets. Your tree will get the optimal nutrition when it needs it most.
Fungi Tree Guard Fertilizer Tabs
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard Fertilizer Tablets
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Planting Mix for Birch Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your River Birch get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Mycorrhizal Fungi and Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.


Soil Contents
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Fertilizer Tablets
River Birch

Fertilizer Tablets

This patented formula is slow release and will provide the nutrients needed for the first year of your plants life. This fertilizer will not burn your roots and is easy to install. Simply space the tablets evenly around your plants roots when planting. Be sure to water thoroughly after.


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It is easy to understand why the River Birch is such a popular tree.

• Fast growing (up to 2-3 feet a year).
• Adapts to various soil types.
• Quick source of shade with unique peeling bark

This distinctive tree is easy to grow and can be found adding character in nicely landscaped yards from Minnesota to Florida.

It adapts well to both wet and dry planting sites and tolerates modest drought and mild floods.

River Birch is resistant to strong wind and ice due to the strength of their branches and limbs. If you have severe ice storms, this is the tree for you.

You will love the unique colors of the delicate bark adds to your yard. The natural peeling effect exposes flakes of salmon or cinnamon under the top light taupe outer skin.

With this texture and interest on the trunk, you’ll enjoy great winter interest with River Birch planted where you can enjoy its delicate beauty through the windows of your home.

River Birch is a truly beautiful tree for all seasons… made so popular in many states because it is adaptable to almost all growing zones across the country.

You can grow this tree in any state in the US.




Growing Zones: 4-9

Mature Height: 40-50 ft.
Mature Width: 25-40 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Betula nigra
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 4-9
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-9
(blue area above)

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Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

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Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your River Birch can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
 
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$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
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$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
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It's Easy to Plant your River Birch


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your River Birch.

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your River Birch gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your River Birch again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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Be careful to site your River Birch at least 15 feet away from any sidewalks or driveway. This trees mature near surface roots are extremely powerful and will lift any concrete in their path.
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December 31, 2012
We have a number of River Birches on our property. They are a pretty tree with an interesting shaggy bark, however, this is a very messy tree. You will constantly be picking up twigs and branches that fall out with just the slightest breeze.
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December 31, 2012
This river birch treat was carefully shipped to me and was in great shape, I was surprised of the quality and it did grow quickly, would love to buy another once I find a place to plant it. :)
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December 31, 2012
I purchased this tree here three years ago. I live in the Orlando area, and birch trees are not common here, but I decided to purchase to see if I could get the tree to take to our different climate. We are starting our third growing season, and what started out as a four foot tree is now approx 9 feet, and I'm guessing its circumference is fifteen to twenty feet! It is growing very well, althought I have to keep an eye on rust due to the humidity. This is a winner...and I love the unique beauty it adds to my landscape!!
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December 31, 2012
Planted this tree a few months ago. It's doing beautiful. I'm so glad we picked this tree.
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
I am a tree lover. I was not familiar with the River Birch but I tried it anyway and I am so happy that I did. It is doing beautifully.
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
We planted our river birch back in 08, it was about 4 feet high. Now it is 15 feet high!!! we love this tree a lot!!!
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December 31, 2012
I purchased the river birch expecting a small, sickly looking tree. IU was really surprised tto see the box and the way it was shipped. I planted it late fall and this spring it is growing beautiful. Very healthy, strong tree that is over 10' tall and going great. I will using this company for all my garden needs
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How long do River Birches typically live?
Peggy O on Jul 18, 2014
Best Answer: Sorry I have no idea but do like the tree!
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how much would a river birch coast over 20 feet?
A shopper on Jun 14, 2014
Best Answer: It depends on what other nurseries have. We don't ship items over 7 feet tall.
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Hello are your river birch trees multi trunked?
Cande M on Jul 11, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, these River Birch are multi trunk and are pretty fast growers. I think you will enjoy.
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my river birch I planted a good 2 months ago, is not budding out, no leaves. is this

normal?
terry k on Jun 23, 2014
Best Answer: We planted ours in early June of 2013. The weather was a little better than it is this year, but it, too, didn't show signs of new leaves for quite a while. There were some green leaves on the tree when it was delivered and those remained, but it was probably 2-3 months before we saw new growth. It then took off like a rocket. Water the tree deeply (per my friend who is a Master Gardener: deep root watering for at least 2 years) and leave it to it's own devices. It will be fine.

I actually worried more about this "new" treee after the long, hard Midwest winter we had. Again, seemed a little later than most trees to green up, but then once it does, it's great!
Reply · Report · Barbara G on Jun 24, 2014
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What kind of care does the tree need immediately after planting, I.e., how often should it be watered, fertilized, etc.?
A shopper on Jun 19, 2014
Best Answer: I dug the hole about 3 x as wide as the container, filled the hole with water and let percolate, backfilled with Miracule Grow Garden Soil mixed in with the excavated dirt, watered afterwards and covered with 3" of cedar mulch. I watered every other day for two weeks. Survived through the roughest winter in Chicago area in years, doing well this year.
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