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Betula nigra


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Common Name(s):

  • River Birch
  • Black Birch
  • Birch
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Product Description

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.

Full Tree Specifications

Mature Size: large

Flowering Period: spring

Time to maturity: 20-30 years

Habit / Shape: conical / pyramidal

Flower colour: brown

Weather exposure: exposed sheltered

Foliage colour:

  • green
  • yellow

Season of Interest:

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Soil Moisture:

  • moist but well-drained soil
  • well-drained soil
  • dry soil

Soil acidity/alkalinity:

  • neutral
  • acid
  • alkaline

Bark colour:

  • brown
  • pink
  • orange
  • peeling bark

Soil Type:

  • chalk
  • clay
  • I don't have a clue
  • loam
  • sand


  • full sun
  • partial shade


  • happy anywhere

Tree features:

  • attractive bark
  • autumn leaf colour

Possible pests, diseases, problems:

  • Sawflies
  • aphids
  • leaf-mining sawflies
  • rust
  • leaf spot


  • anniversary
  • Christening
  • christmas
  • engagement
  • memorial
  • valentines
  • wedding

Common Name(s):

  • Birch
  • River Birch
  • Black Birch

  • Regular watering is essential from Spring until Autumn
  • Check monthly that tree has not rocked
  • Loosen and re tie tree ties annually
  • Keep weed free, and mulch annually