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Summer Cascade River Birch

Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade' PP #15,105

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.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationBET-ew-luh NY-gruh
LoreInner 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 MaturityFast growing to 6 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseFirescaping/Firewise, Rock Garden, Very Wet Areas, Water Garden, Windbreak, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttracts 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
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsBest with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsRed 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

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