Unlike most trees, it is the Heritage Birch’s bark that draws the most attention to the tree. The trunk is salmon-colored and its bark peels off in long, thin sheets. Beneath the peeled sections is an attractive, creamy white bark.
Heritage Birch trees are fast to moderate growers. Trees can reach 80 feet but are usually in the 40-70 foot range. They grow at a rate of approximately 36 inches per year and have a pyramidal to oval crown and a 25-35 foot spread.
The tree has shiny, triangular dark green leaves that are 1-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches long. These glossy leaves turn an eye-catching yellow in the fall.
In April or May, drooping brown male flowers, measuring two to three inches, emerge. The female flowers are green and upright. The resulting fruit will break open when ripe.
Heritage Birch trees are native to North America. They thrive in full sunlight to partial shade and should be planted in moist, acidic, well-drained soil. Hardiness Zone: 4-9.