River Birch

Betula nigra

River birches are known for their distinct peeling bark, golden-yellow fall foliage, and their ability to tolerate difficult urban conditions. Its ornamental bark is particularly striking after its leaves drop in autumn, and are commonly found in gardens and yards throughout the city.

Size and Light Requirements

Planted in full sun, the river birch will normally attain a height of 30 feet in as many years.

Plant This Tree

This tree is available through our residential planting program, RiverSmart Homes. You can also get up to $100 back for planting this tree yourself through our tree rebate program.

Find Another Tree

All the trees in this guide have been selected by Casey Trees and are well adapted to the soil and conditions present in Washington, DC.

Photo Credits

F.D. Richards, beautifulcataya, Plant Image Library, Sue Sweeney, Ram-Man, Googoo85