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  • Heritage River Birch for Sale

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Heritage River Birch

Betula nigra 'Cully'

$39.95 (25% Off)

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-t- Tree Planting Kit
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.

-t- Planting Mix
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
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

Add A Decorative Pot

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.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


20-30 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


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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Customer Reviews

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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
Growing Zone:
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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Nice tree. Can't wait to see it full grown.
I planted this tree last fall (2016), and (now spring 2017) so far it has returned with a lot of new growth. I believe that it will do very well. It's a little early to tell its growth rate.
May 10, 2017
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
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
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
The tree looked a little bedraggled when it arrived, after putting it in a bucket of water it peeked right up. Hope this constant rain stops soon so I can plant it
June 28, 2017
9 months ago
So Far So Good
The tree looks great so far and it was well nourished and still moist not dried out when we received it. Transplanted easily and still looking good! No loss of leaves or anything! Is about 7' tall. Can't wait to see it grow over the coming years.
The tree came well nourished and the soil was moist and it was well-protected. 3 weeks later.
The tree came well nourished and the soil was moist and it was well-protected. 3 weeks later.
July 14, 2017
Growing Zone:
in great shape when they came.planted them as per instruction ,there doing fine. this spring will say it all. plan on buying one or two a year till i cant plant anymore.
August 11, 2017
7 months ago
Pretty good deal on a 7ft river birch.
Received the tree about 2 weeks ago. Tree was about 7ft and i got it on sale so i think it was a pretty good deal. So far the tree is doing ok. I thought it would be a clump but it was mainly one trunk, so a little dissapointed.
August 1, 2017
7 months ago
Arrived on time as promised
I received the Heritage River Birch on time and as promised. The tree arrived moist and all leaves intact. Included directions on how to plant it and came with the fertilizer we ordered. Easy to plant and has been in the grown a month with leaves just starting to turn a shade of yellow for the Fall. I was very happy to see that it was exactly as stated on the page and website. I will definitely order again from fast growing trees. Now, I can't wait until the Spring to see this Birch start to bloom!!
October 21, 2017
5 months ago
Growing Zone:

Planting & Care

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

Heritage 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
Hopefully will make decent Bonsai.
Terence B on Jan 29, 2018
Like it
Charlene M on Sep 18, 2017
Hopefully will make decent Bonsai.
Terence B on Jan 29, 2018
Daughter's favorite tree
Dona K on Oct 8, 2017
Like it
Charlene M on Sep 18, 2017
I have always liked this tree and the peeled bark. I was looking for a tree that preferred moist roots to plant near the back of the home
Maria C on Sep 15, 2017
I chose this tree because it is supposed to be fast growing, not too huge and pyramidal in shape. I need shade over my driveway in a hurry and the spot I will plant it in is quite narrow...
Ahmed Q on Aug 4, 2017
Unique characteristics of the bark and beautiful fall color.
Scott B on May 29, 2017
Should do well near the stream in my yard
Charlie G on May 13, 2017
I plan to plant it where the soil does not drain well and remains wet.
Christopher D on May 1, 2017
growth factor/privacy
John T on May 1, 2017
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
Daughter's favorite tree
Dona K on Oct 8, 2017
I have always liked this tree and the peeled bark. I was looking for a tree that preferred moist roots to plant near the back of the home
Maria C on Sep 15, 2017
Is the root system shallow or deep for this tree?
Lynn H on Sep 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The River Birch Trees have a shallow root system and overtime will have surface roots. These roots will probably not break or crack the concrete if planted far away enough, but can they can easily find tiny cracks and quickly speed up that process if they are presently there. They can get up to 40 to 50 feet tall with a spread of 25 to 40 feet at maturity.
Will it survive 3 or 4 hours of sun a day?
Simon S on Sep 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It can handle partial sun of 4 hours a day.
I'm in zone 10, do you think this will grow or should I avoid it?
Laura H on Apr 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 4-9. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.

Shipping Details

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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

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