Summer Cascade River Birch
Summer Cascade River Birch
Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade' P.P.# 15105Item #2471 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
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Graceful, arching branches weep to the ground forming a unique specimen or focal point in the landscape. A highlight when its unique form is reflected in water features and its branching structure can be enjoyed in winter. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing to 6 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:BET-ew-la NI-graPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing to 6 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.Special features:Attracts Butterflies, Dwarf Plant, Fall Color, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Road Salt, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:InconspicuousPatent 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').
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.