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Betula nigra 'Heritage' Tree

River Birch Trees
  • From £59.99 (ex VAT)
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This spectacular River Birch is, in our opinion, a tree rivalled in its suitability for wet sites only by Alders and Willows, The shaggy, ruffled bark displays an array of colours and makes for brilliant year round interest. Creamy-grey and cinnamon brown base tones are highlighted with hints of pinky-orange, purple and gold. The pretty leaves are diamond shaped and green, turning golden in autumn.

Betula nigra 'Heritage' has a statuesque form and will look stunning planted in a group or individually as a specimen tree. In its single stem form a height and spread of 8 x 4 metres can be expected in 20 years.

Tolerant of all soil types (including clay) and wet conditions, once established it will also thrive in less moist conditions. This beautiful Birch tree would make a wonderfully tactile addition to any garden all year round.

AKA River birch, Red birch, Black birch, Betula nigra 'Cully'

  • Common name: River Birch
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 8 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Bark: Peeling, multi-coloured bark
  • Foliage: Green deciduous foliage, turns golden in autumn
  • Soil: Particularly good in wet sites, but tolerant of most conditions

Planting Advice for Betula nigra Heritage Trees

Our pot grown River Birch trees can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree.

We recommend planting River Birch trees with a stake and tie kit to anchor the roots, unless it's a multi stem form. For our medium staking kits, insert the stake into the ground at an angle to avoid penetrating the rootmass.

Aftercare of Betula nigra Heritage Trees

If you're planting in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Unlike other species, Birch trees would rather be in wet soil than dry. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard. To keep the Birch bark looking bright, you can wash it using water and a sponge.

Pruning Betula nigra Heritage Trees

Established River Birch trees do not require pruning and do not take well to hard pruning as increased light levels increases soil temperature and decreases moisture levels. Simply remove the lateral shoots to maintain a clear trunk and prune any diseased or damaged branches. Pruning should be carried out in late summer to mid-winter. Birch trees bleed heavily at all other times of the year, especially late winter.

Covid-19: We're pleased to announce that we are back up and running in line with government advice. We have a bit of a backlog of orders and are catching up as we write. Please expect a slightly longer lead time of around 2 – 3 weeks (excludes pre-order and mature trees). Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).

Northern Ireland and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Betula nigra 'Heritage' Form: Single Stem Tree Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 10L pot Betula nigra 'Heritage' Price £59.99 (ex VAT)
Single Stem Tree 150-200cm 10L pot £59.99 (ex VAT)
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Betula nigra 'Heritage' Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: 150-200cm Root type: 15L pot Betula nigra 'Heritage' Price £64.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem 150-200cm 15L pot £64.99 (ex VAT)
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Betula nigra 'Heritage' Form: Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 45L pot Betula nigra 'Heritage' Price £189.99 (ex VAT)
Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 45L pot £189.99 (ex VAT)
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Betula nigra 'Heritage' Form: Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth Supplied Size: approx 4.5-6.0m Root type: 55L pot Betula nigra 'Heritage' Price £229.99 (ex VAT)
Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth approx 4.5-6.0m 55L pot £229.99 (ex VAT)
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Betula nigra 'Heritage' Form: Multi-stem Supplied Size: 175-200cm Root type: 45L pot Betula nigra 'Heritage' Price £249.99 (ex VAT)
Multi-stem 175-200cm 45L pot £249.99 (ex VAT)
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