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Betula nigra (Paper Bark Birch)

Type Tree, Deciduous
Form Compact Rounded Tree
Size Medium Sized Tree (3 to 8m height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Betula nigra - Cultivation Notes

Birch will grow on a variety of soils from dry sandy soils to heavy clays. Birch is especially tolerant of free draining sandy soils, and is fully hardy - flourishing in all conditions. Birch will not tolerate is heavy shade being a woodland edge tree.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Betula nigra:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Betula nigra

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Betula nigra:

  • Added winter interest from attractive bark or stems

View all the plants listed in Genus Betula

View other types of trees with medium green foliage

Common Missspellings: Betulla, Betylias, Betulia, Bettulia, Betyoula

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