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River Birch vs Sandbar Willow

Betula nigra

Salix exigua

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River Birch
Sandbar Willow

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.

Sandbar Willow is a deciduous species native to much of North America. This mid-sized, fast-growing shrub can be found in very wet areas, making it an ideal plan to use in a wet area with erosion risk.

Sandbar Willow has long, narrow green leaves, and its grassy narrow stems give it an attractive, bamboo-like appearance.

All willow are important to native pollinators each spring as they have higher amounts of pollen and nectar early each growing season when other food sources are scarce.

RIVER BIRCH QUICK FACTS

SANDBAR WILLOW QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 2a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 4 m (13 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: any
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Catkins: yes
Bark: dark gray-brown or pinkish-brown and scaly
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: black birch, water birch


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