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River Birch vs Black Locust

Betula nigra

Robinia pseudoacacia

River Birch
Black Locust

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.

Black Locust is an attractive tree. Its distinctive leaves are made of about a dozen bright green leaflets. It also notable for its fragrant white flowers, which smell of citrus.

Black Locust can grow in many situations, but prefers dry areas with lots of sun. It is robust and is an excellent choice for establishing shade in dry, open areas.

Important note: Much of the Black Locust is toxic to humans and livestock, including seeds, bark, and leaves.

RIVER BIRCH QUICK FACTS

BLACK LOCUST QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 8 m (25 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow
Flowers: Creamy white flowers in a pyramidal shape bloom in may-june
Bark: dark gray-brown or pinkish-brown and scaly
Bark: dark reddish brown to balck with furrows
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: high
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high







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