SelecTree: Tree Detail
HERITAGE RIVER BIRCH
Betula nigra 'Heritage'
Photo Locations: Longwood Gardens - Kennette Square, PA, The National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT
Branches droop but resist breakage. Some confusion surrounds the name of this cultivar as it can be found labeled either 'Cully' or 'Heritage'. Both refer to the same Heritage River Birch. This tree is easily grown and adapts well to heavy clay soils, poor drainage and even tolerates drier soils and poor air quality.
Betula nigra 'Cully'
Conical or Oval Shape.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 40 - 70 feet.
Width: 40 - 60 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 or More Inches per Year.
Leaves Elliptic, Green, Gold, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Brown. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Brown Winged Nut in a Cone, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Creamy White to Salmon, Exfoliating.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense to Very Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as out of Leaf.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 1 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist but Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Acidic Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Moderate Inland.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Leaf Miner, Armillaria, Leaf Spot and Scorch.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Special Uses & Values
Specimen, Shade Tree, Street Tree or Screen.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Betula nigra 'Heritage' Tree Record." 1995-2019. Jan 15, 2019.
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