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Red Birch (Betula nigra)

Red Birch (Betula nigra)

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The Red Birch is a species of birch tree noted for its distinctive peeling bark and adaptability to wet conditions. It typically grows to a height of 40 to 70 feet with a spread of 40 to 60 feet, making it a large tree suitable for spacious landscapes. This tree is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9, which covers a wide range of climates, including several regions in Canada. Red Birch thrives in well-drained, acidic to neutral soil and prefers full sun to partial shade.

One of the most striking features of the Red Birch is its reddish-brown to cinnamon-colored bark, which peels in papery sheets, revealing a lighter inner bark. This characteristic bark provides year-round interest, especially in winter landscapes. The tree also produces yellowish-green catkins in the spring, adding to its ornamental appeal.

The Red Birch is native to the eastern United States, particularly along streambanks and in wetlands. It is valued for its ability to thrive in both wet and dry conditions, making it a versatile choice for a variety of landscaping needs. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the Red Birch plays an important ecological role in its native habitat, providing food and habitat for various wildlife species.

In landscaping, the Red Birch is often used for its ornamental bark, shade, and ability to stabilize soil in wet areas. Its tolerance of wet conditions makes it an ideal choice for planting near water features or in areas with poor drainage

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