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River Birch vs Armstrong Maple

Betula nigra

Acer x freemanii Armstrong

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River Birch
Armstrong Maple

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.

The Armstrong Maple has a narrow, upright columnar growth habit. This stunning tree has showy leaves that range from yellow, orange to red in the fall. It is an attractive hybrid of the Red Maple and Silver Maple. It prefers acidic soils and will have some tolerance for drought once mature.

Edward Murray named the Armstrong Maple in 1969 in honor of Oliver M. Freeman of the National Arboretum, who made the first controlled cross between the two species in 1933.

RIVER BIRCH QUICK FACTS

ARMSTRONG MAPLE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 6 m (20 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: orange/yellow
Bark: dark gray-brown or pinkish-brown and scaly
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: fast
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Suckering: low
Suckering: high





Other Names: black birch, water birch
Other Names: armstrong red maple