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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


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.
Oversized Fee: $7.00 each
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List: $129.95
Sale: $64.98
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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.
Fungi Tree Guard
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard
Sale: $9.98
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:

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
Sale: $6.98
TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $14.98
River Birch
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much need nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

DIEHARD Transplant
Sale: $4.48

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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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.

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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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
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
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
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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3 years ago
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
Planted this tree a few months ago. It's doing beautiful. I'm so glad we picked this tree.
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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
3 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
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How long do River Birches typically live?
Peggy O on Jul 18, 2014
Best Answer: I guess that there is no typical life span. They are a hardy tree, I would say from 60 to 140 years depending on where you are planting it, The only element they do not tolerate their roots being disturbed or driven over. The woos is highly valued for woodworking, it has a beautiful red and white to yellow color. I hope this helps you.
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does the birch tree change color on spring/fall and how much space its roots need??
A shopper on Aug 28, 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.
Reply · Report · Ronald G on Jun 19, 2014
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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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jun 17, 2014
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What is causing the falling of the leaves?
A shopper on Aug 25, 2014
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Hello are your river birch trees multi trunked?
Cande M on Jul 11, 2014
Best Answer: yes it is. 3 trunks
Reply · Report · Thomas C on Jul 12, 2014
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Would full sun be ok for this tree? I have no partial sun areas.
A shopper on Aug 14, 2014
Best Answer: My River Birch is doing better now that it is getting full sun. It shares the front yard with a huge silver maple.... when I first planted the river birch spent the better part of the afternoon in the shade of that tree. Since we had the maple trimmed way back, the river birch seems to be doing just fine. It also has survived a pretty hot summer last year and a brutal icy, cold, & snowy season last winter in southern OH.
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my river birch I planted a good 2 months ago, is not budding out, no leaves. is this

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!
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When is the best time of year to plant a river birch? If planted now would it survive the Midwest winter?
A shopper on Sep 27, 2014
Best Answer: Hello! I live in NJ and have planted 2 river birches - one in the fall and one in July (!!). Both are doing great, and I think you'll be more than fine planting yours now. If you hit a hot spell, just water it a bunch in the morning, and once the temp drops, you don't have to bother.
Good luck and keep planting trees!!
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How tall does a river birch grown??
A shopper on Aug 30, 2014
Best Answer: Ours is about a year old and has grown about 2 feet, it was a bit slow during the winter and took off during the summer. We have had it about a year or so.
Reply · Report · Norman W on Aug 31, 2014
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Hello: I would love a healthy 3 stem river birch approximately 6' tall for the front of my home. Can your store provide that for me? Please provide all costs. Thank you!
Doreen on Sep 29, 2014
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Due to cold weather in some parts of the country, we have suspended shipping to the areas that are shaded on the map below. Please view the diagram to determine if your area has been affected. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 2, 3 or 4. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date. If you live in a shaded area but wish to receive your product(s) now, please visit our contact us page here or call a customer service rep toll free at 888-504-2001.

  Zone Shipping Resumes
  Zone 2 May 1st
  Zone 3 May 1st
  Zone 4 May 1st
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. 
Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $8.95
$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
$24.00-$39.99 $14.95
$40.00-$79.99 $18.95
$80.00-$98.99 $23.95
$99+ 28% of order total

Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Potted Tree Dormant Tree Bare Root Tree
Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.