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River Birch

Betula occidentalis

  • Multi-stemmed tree to 7m tall
  • Very narrow upright small footprint
  • Bark is usually a bronzy dark red in winter; younger twigs are fine and red
  • Leaves are small and fine-textured in the summer
  • Bright yellow fall colour

Landscape Use:

  • Use as a small space screen; replaces columnar aspen
  • Nice light, cool shade effect without being too heavy and dark
  • Non-persistent catkins are desired by our small winter birds
  • Place in a prominent place for winter viewing
  • Full sun to part shade
  • Can handle a wet site, but not a requirement

Special Conditions:

  • Health and vigour of this plant not affected by birch leaf miners and it is best to ignore them if they do appear
  • Selected seed source for narrow upright growth