#047 River Birch
(Betula nigra)

This is the largest River Birch in Davidson Street Tree Inventory, tree #1362

Statistics (2022)

  • Circumference (In.): 165″
  • Height (Ft.): 55′
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 60′
  • Diameter Breast Height (In.): 53″
  • Total Points: 235

More Information

  • Year Recognized: 2021
  • Current condition: Good
  • Property Type: Public
  • Ecological Value: River birch prefers wet sites and does best in moist, acidic, sandy, or rocky, well-drained loam in full sun to part shade. The best foliage color occurs in full sun. River birch is perhaps the most culturally adaptable and heat tolerant of the birches. This species has been known to tolerate flooded conditions for extended periods of time. For this reason, it is naturally found in riverbanks, streambanks, and floodplains. In the landscape, keep the soil consistently moist and consider using soaker hoses and bark mulches to keep the root zones cool and moist. It needs little pruning, but if necessary, you can prune it during the dormant season.