River Birch

Betula nigra

Usually 30′ to 50′ but can grow to 90′.

Leaves: deciduous, simple, alternate, 1 to 3″ in length, thick and tough in texture, bright green with whitish underside, toothed edges, yellow leaves in fall.

Flowers: bloom in early spring, male and female catkins on same tree.

Fruit: winged nutlets 1/8″ length, ripen April-June.

Twigs: smooth and shiny, dark red, and slender.

Bark: pale brown to reddish brown, peels to expose the salmon pink bark underneath when young, thicker to silvery gray with shaggy papery strips on old trees.

Comments: Fast growing tree very helpful tree for erosion prone areas, prefers moist soils and somewhat short lived.

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