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Dura Heat® River Birch Betula nigra 'BNMTF'

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Shade Trees

  • Dura Heat® River Birch

    The Dura-Heat® River Birch is more dense than other Birch.

  • Dura Heat® River Birch

    The Dura-Heat® Birch is a wonderful tree for any home but it is especially good at handling the heat of southern landscapes.

  • Dura Heat® River Birch

    Bark is more brown and exfoliates faster than other River Birch.

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Regular price $107.60 Sale price

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Product Details

Mature Height: 30-40 Ft.
Mature Width: 25-30 Ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Growth Rate: Fast
Botanical Name: Betula nigra 'BNMTF'
Does Not Ship To: AZ
Grows Well In Zones: 4-9 outdoors
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      4-9 outdoors

Growing Zones: 4-9 outdoors

(hardy down to -20℉)

Product Description

Several Seasons of Color From One Tough Tree

Why Dura Heat® River Birch Trees?

A beautiful, fast-growing shade tree that thrives from North to South, the Dura Heat® River Birch is one-of-a-kind. This lovely tree grows in cold areas and hot and humid conditions, a span that includes frigid Maine and Minnesota all the way down to hot and humid Florida and Texas.

Plus, 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 have heavy clay soil, this tree is exactly what you need. Its dense root system tolerates dense, wet soil, and even regular flooding and standing water.

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

Why is Better

Aside from its easy-growing benefits and beauty, with dense, glossy leaves and attractive, green foliage in warmer seasons and buttery-yellow foliage in the autumn, you get the promise of a strong beginning.

You get classic shade and a healthier, more developed root system. We ship your River Birch directly to your door with a head start on growing since we've grown and nurtured our trees for months before they arrive at your door.

Resistant to pests, disease, and tough conditions, the River Birch offers the best of both worlds. Get your own Dura Heat® River Birch today!

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Birch Trees can be grown in nearly any part of the country but prefer soils that are rich in nutrition.

Plant after all dangers of frost has passed. Select a spot that will receive about 6 to 8 hours of sunlight faily. Dig a hole that is three times as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Keep the tree as straight as possible and begin to backfill the hole. Continue until the hole is filled and the tree stands upright on its own. Younger trees may need to be staked.

Water deeply once the tree is planted. Put a slow release of water on a hose and leave next to the root system area for a couple of hours to be sure the depth is reached. Finally, spread a three-foot layer of mulch around the base of the tree with wood chips, shredded bark, or leaf compost.

FGT Tip: Stakes can typically be removed after a year of planting. A good way to determine if your tree ready to stand on its own: Shake the center - if the root ball has no movement, then your tree is ready to stand on its own.

2. Watering: Provide deep a watering for the Birch 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. Reduce watering towards the end of August so your tree can winterize for its dormant stage.

3. Fertilizing: Birches should be fertilized once or twice a year, once in spring and again mid-summer. 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.

4. Pruning: The best time to prune is late summer or early autumn.

Start by removing side shoots and suckers first with a sterilized pair of shears and then decide which branches to remove. Be conservative with your pruning and do not remove more than 25% of the tree canopy. Cut back branches that are less than 2 inches wide as close to the trunk as possible.

Shipping Details

Shipping Alert:

You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 3, 4, 5, & 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

Some plants are not available for immediate shipment, and delayed delivery is noted.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.

Zone Map
Growing Zone Shipping Resumes
Zones 3 & 4 Week of May 2nd
Zone 5 Week of April 11th
Zone 6 Week of March 28th
Zones 6 - 11 Ships Now!

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. 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.

Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $15 $11.95
$15.00-$23.99 $13.95
$24.00-$39.99 $16.95
$40.00-$78.99 $19.95
$79.00-$98.99 $24.95
$99.00-$128.99 $29.95
$129.00-$148.99 $39.95
$149.00-$178.99 $49.95

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Dura Heat River Birch

Excellent experience. Like others, I was skeptical to purchase a tree on line but I could not be happier. I expected to have a large twig. To my surprise, it was actually a tree and had four trunks. I love it and it seems to be doing well. It has only been a few weeks but so far so good. Very pleased and it even arrived a day early. Thank you for great service and great product Dura Heat® River Birch Review
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Dura Heat River Birch

Ordered this tree for an area where we need privacy. I like the fact it is quick growing. The tree arrived as anticipated and was a beautiful specimen. It had the three branch trunk I was hoping for. I will be ordering more from this company! Jim M Dura Heat® River Birch Review
United States United States
I recommend this product


PART 2: I review previously when she had been in the ground for only 2 week and I was happy with the birch's conditioned and my experience with fast-growing trees. She has been in the ground for 4 months now and I couldn't be happier. It is least 18" of added height and is covered in happy new leaves and shoots. Such a great tree. Dura Heat® River Birch Review
Erica N.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Perfect tree!

I am so happy I went with this tree. Can't wait to watch it grow in the spot it was planted. Dura Heat® River Birch Review
Wendy P.
United States United States
I recommend this product

New tree mama!

I have ordered 2 trees and both arrived in excellent condition. You could tell it was well cared for before it came to me. I have to admit, I was extremely skeptical about ordering trees online, but this company made me a believer. I am already looking as to what I am gonna order next(mabey a lemon tree!) Dura Heat® River Birch Review