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River Birch Tree
The river birch tree is native to the southeastern parts of the United States and is also known as water birch, red birch, and black birch. It’s a deciduous, fast growing tree that can grow up to 50 and 90 feet. The trees usually grow in thickets along lakeshores, rivers, islands in streams, sandbars, and floodplains. Its double-toothed, diamond-shaped leaves provide a perfect canopy for shading over an extended range, and making this a perfect place for a picnic or to host a family gathering.
Enjoy the benefits of watching the beautiful flowers it produces in the winter and spring. During the summer it produces small green or brown cones that attract gray squirrels and during the fall the leaves turn a beautiful golden yellow color. This birch tree can only be located in the southern states and adapts the best to hot climates. River birch is the most adapted and widely distributed birch tree in the United States. It can be used as part of a land restoration effort or as a focal point in your yard, accentuate the tree with a bed of mulch for a perfect centerpiece.
River birch can be used as a decorative tree for streets, yards, and parks with its beautiful colors in the fall and winter. The silver trunk adds even more natural beauty while being a durable, sturdy tree. The wood is used for a variety of items like tables, toys, artificial limbs, and woodcraft projects. It’s a valuable source to restore areas with high levels of soil acid in mining areas and can be used to control erosion. Wildlife enjoys eating the seeds, ruby-throated hummingbirds love to drink the sap from the tree, and deer flock to eat the foliage and twigs. These beautiful river birch trees are shipped in their bare root form to provide the consumer with a quality product that is ready to plant.
The River Birch Tree is a favorite tree more for ornamental purposes. It has an unusual bark that looks as if it is peeling off the tree. It has a medium brown color and is quite appealing. The leaves on this tree are a bright, vibrant green in the spring and summer. It is a fast-growing tree growing at a rate of 3 feet or more per year. This tree does well in various soil conditions but will do best if planted near bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers or ponds.