At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Betulaceae
Latin Name: Betula nigra x DuraHeat
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Yellow
Bloom: Brown and green catkins; inconspicuous
Bloom Time: April to May
Shape: Rounded to irregular
Bark: Salmon outer and creamy inner
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 30 to 40 feet
Spread: 25 to 35 feet
Care: Medium to wet, well drained soil

With a number of similarities and a few marked differences, the Dura-Heat River Birch is a popular and smaller cultivar of the native River Birch. Like the River Birch, it is a deciduous tree belonging to the Betulaceae family, and is similarly scientifically classified as Betula Nigra. Its average height ranges from 30-40 ft., with an approximate 25-35 ft. spread. It’s considered more vigorous, fast-growing, and low-maintenance in respect to the River Birch.

While likewise native to the eastern United States, and with a shape ranging from rounded to irregular, the Dura-Heat River Birch’s glossy leaves are much denser. This close-knit foliage pattern may contribute to the Dura-Heat River Birch’s increased resistance against certain diseases and insect blights. It also tolerates warmer climates much better than its larger River Birch counterpart, although it similarly thrives ideally in an environment that features full sun to partial shade and medium-to-wet soil. Often located in floodplains and swamps, this tree is also nicknamed the Water Birch.

Deciduous and with darker foliage, the Dura-Heat River Birch also features inconspicuous catkins (which secrete tiny winged seeds between their bracts) and sheds its ovate leaves in the winter. Its bark is usually smoother, with more rosy and salmon-colored overtones on the outside; this varies, however, as some such trees feature a scalier texture and a darker bark. Its inner bark is typically paler, cream-colored and smooth, and odorless when scraped.

Culturally adaptable and gracefully shaped, the Dura-Heat River Birch is considered a classic ornamental choice. Though it has limited use as timber, it’s often valued as a landscape tree due to its colorful exfoliating bark and for being a fast-growing and shade-providing option. These trees typically survive for 50-75 years.

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