A native tree on the eastern and midwestern US, river birch, also known as black birch. As a relatively heat resistant tree in the birch family, the river birch tree’s distribution extends further south than most other birch trees.
River birches have papery bark that’s considered scaly, and often has multiple thin trunks rather than one large trunk. River Birch functions as an ecologically valuable species because of their flood-resilience and ability to mitigate impacts of acid mine drainage. The bark of river birch is also considered a survival food. As an ornamental tree, the BNMTF cultivar is very similar to the Cully cultivar in that it is a lighter colored tree that is resistant to the bronze birch borer, a beetle. The bark of BNMTF is shinier than that of Cully, growing 40’ tall and 30’ wide.
|Common Name||River Birch|
|Latin Name||Betula nigra|
|Commercial Name||Dura Heat|