Landscape Literacy

Plant of the Week: River Birch

Betula nigra, commonly referred to as River Birch, River Birch D & A Dunlevy Landscapersare known for their peeling bark characteristic. The exfoliating habit exposes different shades of the tree bark, adding interest to any landscape. The leaf canopy is a lustrous green in spring and summer, changing to yellow in fall.

Light Needs: Full sun to partial shade

Watering Needs: Moderate watering, can be drought tolerate

Average Size: 40′-70′ with a 40′-60′ spread

Why we love this plant: This large, multi-stem tree provides a unique anchor to taller houses in landscape design. We also love to add this tree when including a lighting plan – the uplights show off the exfoliating bark and really highlight the character beautifully!