Growth Facts

Dura Heat River Birch - clump

Betula nigra 'BNMTF'
Shipping Autumn of 2021
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A Birch Tree that can take the heat! Most Birch Trees prefer cool northern climates and will struggle when subjected to high heat and humidity, later falling prey to insect pests and disease. Dura-Heat® River Birch is different. This fast-growing Birch Tree flourishes in both hot climates and cool ones. Whether you live in the North or the South, you can enjoy its fabulous, flaky, peaches and cream–colored bark, its sweet, cooling shade, and its delightful yellow fall color. Plant Dura-Heat® Birch at the corner of your house to soften your home’s edges, or use it as a free-standing specimen in your yard, where it will be a showpiece all year long.

Growth Facts

The Story

River Birch is native from Minnesota to Florida and is a popular landscape tree all over the eastern U.S. For a long time, Heritage® was the only named selection of River Birch you could buy, but now that has changed. Dura-Heat® may well become the new standard in River Birches, at least in the South. This introduction, from Moon Nursery in Loganville, Georgia, features leaves that are smaller but more plentiful than those of Heritage®. Its foliage remains exceedingly vibrant and healthy-looking all season. The leaves are persistent, too, holding on well after Heritage® has dropped its leaves in the fall.

The Details

Want a wildlife-friendly garden? It’s not all about flowers and berries! Dura-Heat® River Birch attracts native butterflies to your yard, like tiger swallowtails, red-spotted purples, and mourning cloaks, which all use this tree as a host plant for their young. River Birch’s seeds also feed birds,such as chickadees, finches, crossbills, and pine siskins.

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. Dura-Heat® 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.

Size Guide

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Size: C

Size C

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Size C Trees:

10-12' Tall. Grown in our #25 tree container. This tree will be one of your new favorites year round. Immediate impact.

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