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River Birch vs American Sycamore

Betula nigra

Platanus occidentalis

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River Birch
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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.

American Sycamore is the largest tree native to eastern North America. Generally too large and messy to be a street tree, American Sycamore thrives in large, open spaces, such as an acreage or farm.

The bark is one of the main features that draw people to this tree. The outer bark flakes off in irregular pieces to reveal an attractive white, green, and cream colored inner layer, providing winter interest.

American Sycamore has an extremely fast growth rate, gaining up to 6 ft in one year, and will easily reach its mature height in a short period of time. Be wary of this trees' root system, as it's typically very extensive and needs lots of room to expand.

Note: American Sycamore is a high maintenance tree and requires regular cleaning of leaves, twigs, strips of bark, and seeds.

RIVER BIRCH QUICK FACTS

AMERICAN SYCAMORE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 4a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 23 m (75 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Bark: dark gray-brown or pinkish-brown and scaly
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: high
Suckering: low
Suckering: none
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