Growing Zones: 4-9 outdoors(hardy down to -20℉) 4-9 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 40-50 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 25-40 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- 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 & Photos
These are awesome. Perfect for my front yard. Beautiful colors and size. They are very young right now but I can tell will be the perfect size when mature.
Always buy potted
The River Birch arrived in excellent condition and was planted the same day. It is as usual a strong plant and it is doing very well. We love the potted plants.
Grows Like Crazy
I planted 2 of these last April in Region 6. There's a corner of my backyard that gets somewhat spongy after it rains and these trees really love lots of water. By the end of the season they had grown as tall as the cyclone fence! They also made it fine through a very cold first winter when it never got warmer than 20 degrees between Xmas eve & the end of January (not counting wind chill). I've just purchased another this week.
Beautiful Heritage River Birch Distinctfully unique.
Tree was grown beautifully at the nursery very good quality upon arrival. More than happy with this purchase.
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!!
Planting & Care
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.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
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.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
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 or 6. 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.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of April 7th|
|Zones 11||Ships Now!|