Audubon® River Birch - multi stem
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In creating your backyard bird sanctuary, start here. Trees are vital to that endeavor, and few trees have more to give to birds than River Birch. The seeds of this welcoming native shade tree feed countless songbirds, including chickadees, titmice, tanagers, cardinals, crossbills, sparrows, and pine siskins. Birds may nibble the buds and catkins (flowers), too. Insectivorous birds are not left out! It’s estimated that River Birch hosts an incredible 400-plus species of moth and butterfly caterpillars for their dining pleasure. River Birch is an obvious choice for your bird paradise—give it some serious consideration!
May Benefit & Attract: Chickadees & titmice, tanagers, cardinals, crossbills, sparrows, and siskins.
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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Birch Trees are the glory of our northern forests. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire, their peeling, paper-white trunks gleam in the sunshine, painting a dazzling picture on even the coldest winter days. Unfortunately, these showy Birches struggle where summers are hot, often falling prey to damaging insects and diseases. For warmer zones, River Birch is a smarter option. This southeastern native offers fabulous, flaky bark, along with all the benefits to wildlife you expect from a Birch Tree—AND it is resistant to pests and disease!
Among the over 400 moths and butterflies that use River Birch as a host plant, one particularly endearing species stands out. The Mourning Cloak butterfly is a joy to see in early spring or even late winter. It overwinters as an adult (rare for butterflies), and it will usually be the first butterfly you’ll spot each year.
How to Grow
River Birch gets its name from its affinity for riverbanks in the wild, and it will likewise enjoy a wet site in your landscape, although normal conditions are fine, too. Never let the soil dry out completely, especially during the critical first couple of years of establishment. River Birch is otherwise a tough tree, and tolerates heavy clay soil, de-icing salts, and pollution. Plant it in full sun to part shade. Feed this fast grower annually with Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer to promote a healthy balance of root growth with top growth. Prune in summer if necessary, as Birches tend to “bleed” sap profusely when cut at other times of the year.
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Size B Trees:
7-8' tall, grown and delivered in a container. This birch is BIG! One strong person can lift it although two would make it easier. A truck or trailer will be needed to haul home to your feathered friends!
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