Also known as the Red Birch this is one of the very best trees for wet soils and we favour the clonal selection from the States called Heritage selected in 1968 for its vigour and uniformity.
Originally found along the river banks of the South Eastern United States this medium sized tree makes a great show with its shaggy flaking cinnamon / orange bark.
Mature trees are truly statuesque and broadly pyramidal in form. Foliage is soft green and diamond shaped.
Its common name of River Birch is misleading as we have seen this tree thriving in arid London tree pits once established.
It can tolerate extreme heat in the summer thriving in Florida as well as Kentucky in the States so this could become a good choice for the South East of the UK as temperatures continue to break records during the summer months.
We stock these as both single and multi-stems.
Mature height: 12-17m
Mature spread: 5-9m