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Dura Heat® River Birch

Betula nigra 'BNMTF'

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Growing Zones: 4-9
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-9
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Mature Height:

30-40 Ft.

Mature Width:

25-30 Ft.


Full Sun


20-30 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Betula nigra 'BNMTF'

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Seasons of Color in One Tough Tree

For a beautiful, fast-growing shade tree that thrives from north to south, the Dura Heat River Birch can’t be topped! This lovely tree grows in cold Zone 4 through hot and humid Zone 9 — that’s a span that includes frigid Maine and Minnesota all the way steamy Florida and Texas. No matter where you live, chances are good that a Dura Heat River Birch can enhance your landscape.

Dura Heat River Birches tolerate soggy conditions where other trees won’t grow. If you’re trying to landscape a low-lying area that floods regularly, or you’re cursed with heavy-clay soil, this tree is exactly what you need. Its dense root system tolerates heavy, wet soil and even regular flooding and standing water.

Fast growth means your landscape fills in quickly. These trees can put on up to three feet of new growth each year, so they reach mature heights much faster than other landscape trees. They are also fairly compact and can be planted as a specimen in an urban yard, where they tolerate pollutants with ease.

Enjoy lovely shade beneath this attractive tree. The dense, glossy leaves of the Dura Heat River Birch create much more than the dappled shade provided by other varieties of birches. These trees will provide a cool, green respite in your yard in the summer and attractive, buttery yellow foliage in the autumn. Leaves drop to reveal the tree’s architecture throughout the winter months.

No tree compares for winter interest! The pale, textured bark is a point of interest all year round and provides the famous ghostly glow of a classic birch tree. The trunks and branches are especially attractive in the winter as the bark begins to peel away from the tree naturally, creating tan and salmon-pink curls of bark that reveal the clean, white bark below.

Invite birds and butterflies into your yard. River birches have inconspicuous flowers, but they develop seeds that are attractive to several species of birds, including finches. Butterflies are also attracted to these trees to lay eggs, so you can enjoy all sorts of colorful wings in your yard.

Once established, the Dura Heat River Birch is a low-maintenance addition to any landscape. Though the tree should be well irrigated and pruned during its first year, it’s more drought-tolerant than most birches when established. It can also thrive in extreme heat and humidity without much trouble. The tree is also resistant to disease and pests, so it requires little care after its first year or two of growth.

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Dura Heat River Birch
Love this tree. Good size for my back yard. Did well during the storms and floods in Houston area.
April 23, 2016
Houston area, TX
1 year ago
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Arrived in Beautiful condition
Ordered Three trees/shrubs so far. I was skeptical ordering plants online but was extremely satisfied. The river Birch is beautiful cant wait to watch it grow. Planted two days after it arrived (great packaging) and it immediately became established!
June 29, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA
1 year ago
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Going good
This is the 4 time we got trees from them. All the trees are doing great. They are box up good.
I think it grew about 6" already
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September 6, 2016
Lady lake, FL
1 year ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Dura Heat® River Birch

Dura Heat® River Birch  Planting Diretions

Commonly referred to as "the oldest trees in Britain," the birch is a tree species with distinctive white bark and beautiful leaves making them as prized shade and ornamental trees. The leaves can be used to produce pleasant teas and infused oils. Parts of the birch can also be used as tonics and detoxifiers. Birch sap is refreshing and clear. It tastes wonderful when reduced by simmering down into golden brown syrup. Birch trees are most commonly planted in USDA growing zones 4-9.

Choosing a location: Birch trees can be grown in nearly any part of the U.S. but prefer soils that are rich in nutrition. They need about a workdays worth of sun and a soil pH level between 5.0-6.5

Planting Directions: The most important factor for a healthy birch tree is good soil. Types of soils determine how much nutrients and water the tree has access to and also how efficiently the tree can use those nutrients.

1) Plant after all dangers of frost have passed. Select a spot that will receive about 8 hours of sunlight a day and have the roots/soil in a cool, shaded place. Be sure that no other plants, trees, or weeds nearby that will deprive the birch of nutrients. It needs to establish before any other plant life can grow near it.
2) Dig a hole that is three times as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
3) Mycorrhizal fungi is highly recommended as a soil additive when back filling the dirt into your planting sight. Keep the tree as straight as possible and begin to back fill the hole. Put several shovels of dirt in and gently pat down the soil with your hands. Then add a few more scoops repeating the procedure until the hole is filled and the tree stands upright on its own. Younger trees may need to be staked.
4) Water deeply once the tree is planted. The moisture needs to get to the roots at a depth of 10-16 inches. Put a slow release of water on a hose and leave next to the root system area for a couple hours to be sure the depth is reached.
5) Spread a three-foot layer of mulch around the base of the tree with wood chips, shredded bark or leaf compost. Mulch will help the soil retain moisture and keep competing weeds from growing nearby.
6) Staking young trees is recommended after planting in order to make sure that they remain upright while becoming established. Metal rods or strong wooden stakes are the best. Tie off the tree with planters tape about 2/3rds of the way up the trunk so it has flexible movement at the top.

*Stakes can typically be removed after a year of planting. A good way to determine if your tree ready to stand on its own is to shake the center, if the root ball has no movement then your tree is ready to stand on its own. Birch trees have shallow root systems and need time to properly establish.

Watering: Provide deep a watering for the birch tree weekly using a hose next to the base with a slow flow of water for 2 hours during growing season. You may need to increase to twice weekly during hot, dry summers. Proper mulching can assist with keeping the roots and soil moist. Reduce watering towards the end of August so your tree can winterize for its dormant stage.

Fertilizing: Birches should be fertilized once or twice a year, once in spring and again mid-summer. Most people believe that you can use basic fertilizers as used on your lawn but this is not the case with birch trees. Lawn fertilizers have a large portion of nitrogen, which may promote growth, but at the expense of other development areas. An abundance nitrogen can also burn out the soil over a period of time.

Fertilize in the late spring and early summer with a product that targets root growth. Use an acidified evergreen fertilizer such as 10-10-10 because birch trees do better in soil that is slightly acidic.

Pruning: The best time to prune birch trees is late summer or early autumn. Pruning at the right time is essential because birch trees bleed out a heavy flow of sap that can attract insects to the wounds and can spread diseases. It is very important to sterilize your pruning tool after each single branch cut is made (a basic household rubbing alcohol is useful and easy to come by).

Start by removing side shoots and suckers first and then decide which branches to remove. Be conservative with your pruning and do not remove more than 25% of the tree canopy as this can weaken birch trees to a near fatal state (also, never top a birch). Cut back branches that are less than 2 inches wide as close to the trunk as possible.

The beauty of a birch makes it a great addition to have in your yard wherever you're located. Few trees are more elegant than birches. They stand out in the fall season with beautiful white bark popping against the yellows, oranges and reds of autumn leaves, not to mention its own golden yellow fall foliage color. It provides stunning contrast when paired up with evergreen trees.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
Fast growing in wet soil.
Jerry and Julie G on Apr 11, 2017
Ruth I on Feb 25, 2017
Fast growing in wet soil.
Jerry and Julie G on Apr 11, 2017
Love the look, wanted for awhile.
Stephen H on Mar 19, 2017
Ruth I on Feb 25, 2017
putting in a new garden
Tammy R on Dec 29, 2016
Like the bark
Cecilia R on Aug 17, 2016
Wanted a tree that grows fast in any environment.
Jessica C on Jul 21, 2016
I am familiar with this tree and want another.
Todd F on Jul 2, 2016
I am looking for fast growing trees that will do well in my area. I am too old to wait for an oak to grow up! The oak I have has demolished my sidewalk and possibly my slab!
Ruth H on Jun 30, 2016
hoping this tree is as hardy and fast growing. birches have something to look at year round
Kraig S on Jun 9, 2016
Beautiful trees and right size for my yard
Mary Lou S on Apr 7, 2016
Tree beauty; Resistance to excess water;
Charles S on Apr 6, 2016
like the look of the birch
fran s on Apr 2, 2016
Love the look, wanted for awhile.
Stephen H on Mar 19, 2017
putting in a new garden
Tammy R on Dec 29, 2016
How invasive are the roots? How far should it be planted from any structure?
Bud W on Nov 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend that you plant them 20-25 foot away from any structure.
What is the diameter of a 6-7ft?
nicole S on Apr 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mine was a two trunk tree with the trunks around an inch each and spreading out to 3 foot or more at the top.
Can the Dura Heat River Birch be planted close to a natural body of water?
Hilda W on Aug 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes they can be planted close to a natural body of water.
how close to a septic system can these be planted?
Tim L on Oct 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I had planted two trees in my front yard but had to move them because they were planted near the drain line of the septic tank. The trees grew fine, however my son had roots grow into the drain line which stopped up his system and they had to be removed. Mine are currently about 15 ft. from the system.
Do these do well in dry summer heat if they have a good water source (next to a lake)?
devhs on Apr 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They sure do because mine has been quite heat resistant even through last summer's Dallas drought.
can the loose bark be peeled away?
Raymond R on Mar 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't. It is one of the most beautiful parts of the tree

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