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River Birch vs Ussurian Pear (Siberian)

Betula nigra

Pyrus ussuriensis

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River Birch
Ussurian Pear (Siberian)

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.

Ussurian Pear (aka Manchurian or Siberian Pear) is the most cold hardy of all pear species.

This self-pollinating pear bears white flowers in the spring and has good fall colour, making it an exceptional ornamental addition to any garden. However, it has a tendency to branch quite low and is often used in shelterbelts and hedges too.

It is primarily grown for its attractive flowers and pollination of other pear varieties, or as cold hardy rootstock, and is also an excellent addition to any shelterbelt.

RIVER BIRCH QUICK FACTS

USSURIAN PEAR (SIBERIAN) QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 10 m (33 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 8 m (26 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: burgundy
Berries: yellow fruit (low quality, self pollinating)
Flowers: white flowers in spring
Bark: dark gray-brown or pinkish-brown and scaly
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: low
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: high





Other Names: black birch, water birch


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