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River Birch vs Northern Catalpa (Cigar Tree)

Betula nigra

Catalpa speciosa

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River Birch
Northern Catalpa (Cigar Tree)

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.

Northern Catalpa is a striking feature tree with showy flowers, and very large leaves. Its orchid-like flowers are white with yellow and purple accents, and they have a pleasant fragrance. They bloom from late spring to early summer and can last up to two weeks, attracting hummingbirds and pollinators. The leaves are very large, ranging from 15-30 cm long, 12-20 cm wide, forming a canopy that makes it a good shade tree.

They can tolerate dry conditions as well as standing water, air pollution, and salt. These factors and its beauty contribute to its growing popularity as both a boulevard and ornamental tree in colder areas.

Northern Catalpa produces long bean-like capsules and are sometimes called the Cigar Tree in reference to this fruit.

RIVER BIRCH QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN CATALPA (CIGAR TREE) QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 3a
Zone: 4a
Height: 12 m (39 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 5 m (16 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Flowers: white
Bark: dark gray-brown or pinkish-brown and scaly
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: medium
Life span: medium
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: low
Suckering: low





Other Names: black birch, water birch
Other Names: cigar tree, hardy catalpa, western catalpa