Birch, River

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This tree is one of the 150 trees initially included in the arboretum to coincide with the campus's 150th anniversary celebration.

Scientific Name:
Betula nigra


Native to:
Eastern United States from New Hampshire west to southern Minnesota, and south to northern Florida and west to Texas

Mature Height and Width:
40-70 feet by 40-60 feet

Additional Notes:
Naturally-occurring along stream sides and in wetland forests, river birch is one of the most versatile trees for planting in poorly drained and acidic soil conditions.  The species is particularly useful where topsoils are severely degraded such as urbanized sites, reclaimed mine sites, and on highly eroded soils.