Medium-to-large tree of rounded shape. Attractive foliage is sometimes affected by disease; fall color is variable, from yellow to orange mixed with red. The selection 'Autumn Splendor' offers major advantages by comparison: consistency of fall color, disease resistance, and smaller stature.
Betula nigra Northern Tribute« 'Dickinson' (Northern Tribute« River Birch)
This is proving to be the most adaptable river birch to dry and alkaline soil conditions in addition to be completely hardy in zone 3. So, no die back from winter injury and no iron chlorosis or the mortality that can cause. The parent tree is the largest of this species observed in the upper Northern Plains; it has a proven track record of over 40 years. Ivory colored with striking coppery-bronze exfoliations the bark is appealing year round. Resistant to borers as well.
This handsome, wide-spreading Chinese tree reaches 30-45 ft. in height. It has a layered, horizontal branch habit, and showy 5-7 in. clusters of small white flowers that precede purple-black fruits in the fall. Taller and more tree-like than its American cousin, Cornus alternifolia.