Birch, River


Betula nigra

River Birch is a moderate sized tree with characteristic peeling bark in shades of white, orange, pink, and brown. These trees are typically found along river corridors and tolerate moderately wet sites. River birch is most common in southeastern Minnesota, but does well when planted in northern Minnesota.

River birch is often planted for landscaping, shorelines, and wildlife. Seeds, buds, and catkins are eaten by wildlife.


  • Size: 18-24"
  • # per Bundle: 25
  • Soil Type: silty, loamy
  • Sun: full sun to partial sun
  • Moisture: Wet to Moist
  • Height: 40'-70'
  • Growth Rate: moderate - fast
North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District

505 3rd St N, Ste A,
Virginia, MN 55792
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4 Monday-Friday and by appointment

Upcoming Board Meetings

Wednesday, October 18th at 10:30 a.m.
This meeting will be held in-person at the SWCD office. A link is available to join virtually by contacting Anita at least 2 hours prior to the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

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