Dura Heat River Birch

Betula nigra 'BNMTF'

This selection of river birch is resistant to the bronze birch borer, thus being a great replacement for birches being killed by this insect. It has a pyramidal, upright, and dense habit. Glossy, deep green leaves turn yellow in the fall. The peeling bark is a mélange of cream, orange, and pinkish-tan colors.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 6 feet

Mature Height: 40 feet

Mature Spread: 30 feet

Tree Shape: Pyramidal, upright

Where to Plant:
Great tree for your yard or in a planting strip without overhead power lines. Perfect as a replacement for birches that are being killed by bronze birch borer.

Lustrous deep green diamond shaped leaves with doubly toothed margins turn yellow in fall.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Full sun. Adaptable to a wide range of soils. More tolerant of heat and drought than other birches. You still need to water it frequently when establishing it.

Potential Problems:
Resistant to the bronze birch borer. No serious pests.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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