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Heritage River Birch

Betula nigra 'Cully'


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Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

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

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

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Heritage River Birch Planting Mix

Helps your Heritage River Birch get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. 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. 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.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ 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 needed nutrition.

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

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

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

Growing Zones 4-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-50 ft.

Mature Width:

25-40 ft.


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20-30 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Betula nigra 'Cully'

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Classic Ornamental Tree will Beautify Your Landscape

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

- Resistant to Common Birch Diseases
- 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.

'Heritage' 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 'Heritage' River Birch planted where you can enjoy its delicate beauty through the windows of your home.

'Heritage' 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.

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Pretty tree, but weak in storms!
We had a bad ice storm a few winters ago and it finished off a ton of these trees, not sure why the description says they are strong...
July 31, 2016
New London, CT
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river birch
just planted a few weeks ago in Ca. came in box and leaves were dried out, but knew it would come back once planted.
After a couple weeks the green leaves appeared and it is growing fine.I would recommend.
September 14, 2016
oak View, CA
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Just planted
Just planted. To early to tell but both trees were lest than FGT's best. Wondering about the stock.
July 13, 2016
Lowell, MI
10 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Heritage River Birch

Heritage River Birch Planting Diretions

Choosing a location: Commonly referred to as "the oldest trees in Britain," the River 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 River Birch can also be used as tonics and detoxifiers. River Birch sap is refreshing and clear. It tastes wonderful when reduced by simmering down into golden brown syrup. River 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 River 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 River 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 backfilling the dirt into your planting sight. Keep the tree as straight as possible and begin to backfill 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. River Birch trees have shallow root systems and need time to properly establish.

Watering: Provide deep a watering for the River 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: River Birches should be fertilized omce 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 River 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 River Birch trees do better in soil that is slightly acidic.

Pruning: The best time to prune River Birch trees is late summer or early autumn. Pruning at the right time is essential because River 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 River Birch trees to a near fatal state (also, never top a River Birch). Cut back branches that are less than 2 inches wide as close to the trunk as possible. 

The beauty of a River Birch makes it a great addition to have in your yard wherever you're located. Few trees are more elegant than River 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 and even makes a delightful syrup.

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Birthday present
Bob B on Mar 29, 2017
We love the look of the peeling bark. We plan on placing two of these trees on the corner of our property.
Erin F on Sep 22, 2016
Birthday present
Bob B on Mar 29, 2017
Chose this tree for its seasonal color and hardiness.
We love the look of the peeling bark. We plan on placing two of these trees on the corner of our property.
Erin F on Sep 22, 2016
I live in Central Indiana where high winds and dry soil rule my yard! I am hoping this tree will withstand these conditions...time will tell!
Sarah S on Sep 19, 2016
love, love love the birch trees
sue m on Sep 9, 2016
Love River Birch bark.
Alec J on Sep 4, 2016
Fast growing
Pauline H on Jul 22, 2016
I have two of the hybrid poplars and wanted to bring variety to the yard. I am very pleased with how the poplars grew, so I am betting this one does well also.
Matt B on Jul 4, 2016
Great for the front yard
Thomas W on Mar 3, 2016
Chose this tree for its seasonal color and hardiness.
I live in Central Indiana where high winds and dry soil rule my yard! I am hoping this tree will withstand these conditions...time will tell!
Sarah S on Sep 19, 2016
Are these 3 clump trees. living in Akron ohio when should I Order???Thx.
Laurie S on Jan 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes they would normally have 3 trunks. You can pre-order at any time.
What should I do if the leaves are yellow?
Teresa W on Apr 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yellowing leaves could be a result in drastic temperature changes.

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