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White Oak vs River Birch

Quercus alba

Betula nigra

White Oak
River Birch

White Oak is large, long-lived tree with an irregular trunk divided into spreading, often horizontal, stout branches. A highly adaptable tree, White Oak features beautiful green leaves that turn red-purple in the fall and green acorns.

River Birch has beautiful, peeling, brown bark that reveals camel-colored and pink beneath. It is more borer resistant than white bark birches, which makes it a much longer-lived landscape tree.

WHITE OAK QUICK FACTS

RIVER BIRCH QUICK FACTS

Zone: 4a
Zone: 1a
Height: 30 m (98 ft)
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: dark red
Fall colour: yellow
Bark: light to dark gray to white, fissures and scaly
Bark: dark gray-brown or pinkish-brown and scaly
Nuts: nuts within acorns; attractive for wildlife
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: medium
Maintenance: medium
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: high
Pollution tolerance: medium







Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes