Betula nigra is a large tree with a statuesque form and will look stunning in any medium or large-sized garden, planted in a group or individually as a specimen tree. Broadly conical/pyramidal in form, this trees pinkish-orange bark peels attractively in papery sheets creating an attractive winter feature. The diamond-shaped, green leaves emerge in the spring and turn rich yellow in the autumn. As its common name suggests, it is one of the finest trees for planting in damp ground, although it can adapt to drier soils and once established can tolerate the extremes of summer heat.
See also Betula nigra multistem.