River Birch Seedlings
The Richer Birch got its name because of how common it was to find them near river banks. Despite it growing in that terrain in the wild it adapts well to other landscapes and can survive almost in any state in the United States. It's beloved for its quick growth, unique and interesting curling bark, its tolerance to water and drought as well as its large spreading limbs. In 2002 the Municipal Arborists named this tree the Urban Tree of the Year.
The tree makes a perfect shade tree but is often considered an ornamental tree as well. During the early years of the tree it will provide spotted light shade but as it matures it will be able to provide moderate shade. It's appeal is its interesting compliment on any type of scenery. As you observe this trees life you will notice that it grows around 13 to 24 inches a year.
The Betula Nigra loves the sun! If it has to, it can tolerate some shade. The River Birch shows the most success when its grown in loamy, sandy, acidic, well drained soils and clay soils. It can deal with a conservative amount of flooding and even a limited amount of drought. When the temperatures are hot it will appreciate it if you provide additional watering.
The leaves are somewhat triangular and is typically a deep green color. The foliage is enjoyed by white tail deer and other browsing animals. Songbirds love the seeds that the trees produce. As the tree matures the bark will become a cinnamon brown color that will curl and peel off in time. It's also known as the most borer resistant birch available.