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G6800, Revised June 2008

Selecting Landscape Plants: Shade Trees

River birch (Betula nigra)

Medium-sized trees

River birch
River birch

The most interesting characteristic of the river birch is its salmon-colored bark that peels off in paper-thin layers. The tree is noted for its ability to grow in wet soils, but it will grow in drier situations. The river birch has been greatly ignored in favor of the more showy white-barked birches, but it is a fine ornamental and should be planted more. It is not as susceptible to stem-boring insects as the white-barked birches.


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