Summer Cascade River Birch
Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade' PP #15,105
Full sun, Partial sun
Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
We no longer grow this plant
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|Botanical Pronunciation||BET-ew-luh NY-gruh|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Fast growing to 6 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.|
|Design Ideas||This 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.|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Firescaping/Firewise, Rock Garden, Very Wet Areas, Water Garden, Windbreak, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Patent Act||Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Attracts Butterflies, Dwarf Plant, Fall Color, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Road Salt|
|Watering Needs||Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus); Water Iris (Iris); Sweet Flag, (Acorus) Miniature Cattail (Typha); Turtle Head (Chelone)|
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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8