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Tree of the Month: Dura-Heat® Birch

By Len Phillips, ASLA Emeritus


 


Trade Name: Dura-Heat® Birch (previously known as ‘Moonshine’ River Birch)


Botanical Name: Betula nigra ‘BNMTF’


Family: Betulaceae


Parentage: A chance seedling by Dwayne Moon of Moon’s Tree Farm


Year of Introduction: 2000


Height: 35 to 40 feet


Spread: 25 to 30 feet


Form: Broadly pyramidal


Flower: Brownish-green catkins


Fruit: Small brown nutlet


Foliage: Deep green, healthy foliage, denser canopy than other River Birch selections


Spring Color: Light green leaves after catkins


Summer Foliage: Heat resistant foliage that is glossy and deep green


Autumn Foliage: Butter yellow


Winter Color: Beautiful bark all winter


Bark: Exfoliating bark of white, salmon to cinnamon colors, begins at young age


Habitat: East coast to upper Midwest


Culture: Well drained, moist, acidic soil


Site Requirements: Full sun is preferred


Hardiness Zone*: 4 – 9


Growth Rate: Fast, full size in 20 years


Pest Resistance: Aphid, leaf spot, and Bronze Birch Borer resistant, basically trouble-free


Storm Resistance: Excellent


 

Photos provided by J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.Salt Resistance: Good to fair


Planting: Transplant B&B or container, bare root transplanting is moderately difficult


Pruning: Prune at planting and 3 years later to mature form but not in late winter to spring


Propagating: Softwood cuttings in summer


Design Uses: Outstanding selection for residential or commercial landscapes


Companions: Best in groves of three to five trees with evergreens and ferns as groundcovers


Other Comments: A superior new selection, similar to and more heat tolerant than ‘Heritage’ River Birch


Available From: Most nurseries


 


* For information about the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, visit www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/index.html


 


These are the personal observations of the author, living in New England – Zone 5b. Len Phillips can be reached via e-mail at lenphillips@on-line-seminars.com

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