Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast growing to 6 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Year-round Interest
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Inconspicuous
Botanical Pronunciation:BET-ew-la NI-gra
Plant type:Tree
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast growing to 6 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Inconspicuous
Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Design IdeasThis lovely little tree is the perfect accent for water gardens too small for weeping willows and full sized birch. Outstanding for nooks and crannies in the architecture or on islands in the lawn. A beautiful woodland surprise in wild gardens where it's allowed to grow naturally. Though unorthodox, this plant would make a perfect addition to Japanese gardens with regular pruning in the bonsai style. A reliable fast growing focal point for young rock gardens needing vertical and textural relief.
Companion PlantsPlant this little birch in wet ground with Isanti Red Twig Dogwood, (Cornus sericea 'Isanti'), Variegated Water Iris, (Iris ensata 'Variegata'), Golden Variegated Sweet Flag, (Acorus gramineus 'Ogon') and Miniature Cattail, (Typha minima). It's nicely sized for small red leaf trees such as Burgundy Lace Japanese Maple, (Acer palmatum 'Burgundy Lace').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
This new river birch was discovered by John and Daniel Allen at Shiloh Nursery in Harmony, North Carolina. Its parent species ranges over much of the eastern and midwestern states which can reach 60 feet tall in the wild.
Lore:
Inner bark widely used as a medicinal as we would take aspirin today. In the spring, Native Americans tapped these trees for the sweet sap rising in prodigious quantities. Later colonists utilized this same stuff for brewing beer.