Although the River Birch tree does not flower, it is definitely one of the most charming ornamental trees. There are types with single stems and multi-stems. Multi-stemmed River Birch are my favorite. There are multiple stems coming up from the bottom, rather than just one trunk.
River Birch Tree When Young
Leaves of this tree are also attractive. They are small in size and the foliage is not very dense, which gives it a wispy look. The leaves flutter in the wind, which is lovely to see and provides dappled shade.
Fall color is a pretty yellow/gold color. If you have other trees in your yard that turn red, such as the Red Maple or Japanese Red Maple, this will create a great mix of fall colors.
The straight species of the River Birch tree is fine. In fact I have that in my yard myself.
However, an improved variety is the Heritage Birch tree, which I would highly recommend.
It has great vigor, glossier leaves, and just a better tree all around.
For an all inclusive ebook on my favorite trees, take a look at my ebook Trees For Landscaping.
The book is about all different types of trees, the best ones to use and why. There are lots of great pictures too. Ornamental, evergreen and shade trees are all covered.
Find out tree heights and widths, plantings zones, sun conditions, and growth rates.
Learn about the trees I use for clients...some of the designs have been award winners!
"Susan, what a pleasure it was to work with you. You made me feel like I was your only client - responding late at night and always so quickly! Your design is amazing and we only hope we can do justice to it when we plant. You have such fantastic ideas and you are so open to suggestions and changes. Loved working with you - now if you could only come to Canada and plant it!!!"
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