• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing to 6 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Year-round Interest
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:BET-ew-la NI-gra
    Plant type:Tree
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing to 6 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    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 PlantsRed Twig Dogwood (Cornus); Water Iris (Iris); Sweet Flag, (Acorus) Miniature Cattail (Typha); Turtle Head (Chelone)
  • Care
    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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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.