Betula nigra

River Birch
Betula nigra
Betula nigra
Betula nigra
Betula nigra

The River Birch is quite different from other birches, because of it's arching spreading shape.  This creates a great canopy tree, so will work quite well as a specimen tree on it's own on a lawn or next to a stream as part of a planting scheme.  As the name suggests it likes to be near water, but it also grows well away from it. The main attraction is the peeling bark - a beautiful creamy brown when the new bark is revealed.

Key Facts: 

Flowers:  Yellow catkins.

Fruit: Inconspicuous.

Bark:  Young stems black (nigra). Older bark cinnamon-brown, peeling in curly strips.

Leaves:  Diamond shaped, dull green early in season, later shiny green with velvety hairs.

Autumm colour:  Pale yellow.

Ultimate height:  15m.

Uses:  Winter interest with the bark and a specimen canopy tree in the middle of the lawn.