Dura Heat River Birch

$49

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Seasons of Color in One Tough Tree

Why Dura Heat® River Birch Trees?

For a beautiful, fast-growing shade tree that thrives from North to South, the Dura Heat® River Birch can’t be topped! This lovely tree grows in cold areas as well as hot and humid conditions — that’s a span that includes frigid Maine and Minnesota all the way steamy Florida and Texas.

Plus, River Birches tolerate soggy conditions where other trees won’t grow. If you’re trying to landscape a low-lying area that floods regularly, or you have heavy-clay soil, this tree is exactly what you need. Its dense root system tolerates heavy, wet soil and even regular flooding and standing water.

Fast growth means your landscape fills in quickly. These trees can put on up to three feet of new growth each year, so they reach mature heights much faster than other landscape trees. They are also fairly compact and can be planted as a specimen in an urban yard, where they tolerate pollutants with ease.

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Birch Trees can be grown in nearly any part of the country but prefer soils that are rich in nutrition.

Plant after all dangers of frost have passed. Select a spot that will receive about 8 hours of sunlight a day and have the roots/soil in a cool, shaded place. Dig a hole that is three times as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Keep the tree as straight as possible and begin to back fill the hole. Continue until the hole is filled and the tree stands upright on its own. Younger trees may need to be staked.

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Water deeply once the tree is planted. Put a slow release of water on a hose and leave next to the root system area for a couple hours to be sure the depth is reached. Finally, spread a three-foot layer of mulch around the base of the tree with wood chips, shredded bark or leaf compost.

FGT Tip: Stakes can typically be removed after a year of planting. A good way to determine if your tree ready to stand on its own: Shake the center – if the root ball has no movement, then your tree is ready to stand on its own.

2. Watering: Provide deep a watering for the Birch weekly, using a hose next to the base with a slow flow of water for 2 hours during growing season. You may need to increase to twice weekly during hot, dry summers. Reduce watering towards the end of August so your tree can winterize for its dormant stage.

3. Fertilizing: Birches should be fertilized once or twice a year, once in spring and again mid-summer. Fertilize in the late spring and early summer with a product that targets root growth. Use an acidified evergreen fertilizer, such as 10-10-10.

4. Pruning: The best time to prune is late summer or early autumn.

Start by removing side shoots and suckers first with a sterilized pair of shears and then decide which branches to remove. Be conservative with your pruning and do not remove more than 25% of the tree canopy. Cut back branches that are less than 2 inches wide as close to the trunk as possible.

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