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December 1, 2010

The River Birch shade tree sounds promising


The River Birch tree, Betula Nigra, is a very handsome tree and it seems like it doesn't mind wet soil which I have an abundance of in the winter. It has a light reddish brown cinnamon bark that peels and flakes to give that beautiful look that the birch family is noted for. It has dark green summer leaves and turns a golden yellow in the fall. Plant as a specimen, or as a windbreak, plant 20' apart in the row.

It is excellent in wet soil. but will survive dry soils. It has graceful branching, and is easy to transplant. This Birch tree can withstand extended periods of flooding, and is beautiful in the summer and winter, is widely adaptable, and heat tolerant. So it sounds like it has all the qualities I need. An interesting side note is that Native Americans used the boiled sap as a sweetener similar to maple syrup, and the inner bark as a survival food.

At Fox Valley River Birch Tree - Betula -Outside or Bonsai

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at December 1, 2010 3:55 AM
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