Birch, River Heritage ms
Birch, River Heritage
Renown for its beautifully soft and delicately unfurling bark, its graceful drooping branches, and its unusual coloring, the Heritage River Birch was hailed by Prince Maximilian as “the most beautiful of trees”...
What distinguishes the lovely Heritage River Birch?
Fast-growing, semi-aquatic, deciduous, and hardy as a specimen.
Colorful mottling bark, known to illuminate even a drab wintery landscape.
Valuable as a source of erosion control.
Timber that is cherished due to its workability.
Keeping up appearances…
The most characteristic feature of the Heritage River Birch is probably its bark (which constitutes the primary difference between the Heritage River Birch and other silvery-barked birch tree varieties); it has a distinct cinnamon-orange or salmon-pink coloring, reveals a cream-colored interior, and, as it ages, it sheds its papery sheets of bark even more vigorously than its counterparts. Like the regular River Birch, the Heritage River Birch’s inconspicuous brown and green catkins bloom from April to May, and its green foliage lightens to warm yellow hues in autumn.
A friendly recommendation.
Relatively heat-tolerant as compared to the other birches of its Betulaceae family, the Heritage River Birch thrives best in medium to wet well-drained soils and flourishes beneath full sun to partial shade. It has a 4-9 hardiness zone rating, and is regularly found around floodplains, swamps, riverbanks, and meadows. It does not prefer urban or dry areas; these trees grow faster and live longer in riparian regions.
A mature Heritage River Birch can grow up to 40-70 ft. with a rounded or irregular crown. Its span may encompass 40-60 ft., so it thrives best when given its space; it shouldn’t be planted near homes, driveways, or patios, as it can have protruding root growth and would demand periodic pruning. Due to its durability, beauty, and fast growth, the Heritage River Birch is ideal as an ornamental landscape tree
Awesome tree trivia!
- Birch wood is universally used for veneer and plywood, and is also commonly used for furniture, paneling, interior trimming, doors, and small specialty wood items.
- The Heritage River Birch—or Betula Nigra x Heritage—is native to the eastern portion of the United States, ranging from New Hampshire to Florida and extending westward to Minnesota and Texas.
This Tree's Zone: 4 to 9
Your Growing Zone:
|Bloom||Brown and green catkins|
|Bloom Time||April to May|
|Shape||Rounded to irregular|
|Sun||Full sun to part shade|
|Size||30 to 40 feet|
|Spread||25 to 35 feet|