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River Birch vs Yellow Birch

Betula nigra

Betula alleghaniensis

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River Birch
Yellow Birch

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.

Yellow Birch is a large and valuable hardwood species in northeastern North America. The bark on its limbs and young trunks is silvery-yellowish in colour, hence the name. This tree prefers to grow in cool regions with damp or saturated soil.

Yellow Birch can be tapped for syrup, like Sugar Maple. Although the sap has less sugar content, it flows in greater quantity than maple trees.

RIVER BIRCH QUICK FACTS

YELLOW BIRCH QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 18 m (60 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 11 m (35 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Fuzz/fluff: no
Catkins: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: bright yellow
Bark: dark gray-brown or pinkish-brown and scaly
Bark: shiny yellow to grey silver peels in curly strips, becomes reddish brown when older
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: low
Suckering: low
Pollution tolerance: medium
Pollution tolerance: medium





Other Names: black birch, water birch
Other Names: golden birch


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