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BETULA nigra 'Studetec'(TECUMSEH COMPACT®)
Black Birch, River Birch, Tecumseh Compact River Birch
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Developed by Studebaker Nurseries in New Carlise, Ohio, Tecumseh compact river birch is a handsome multi-stemmed, fast growing tree whose parentage can be traced to the central United States. Its most notable ornamental feature is its beautiful peeling bark that appears in mixed shades of rust-orange and brown. It has elongated catkins, which appear in spring, and its glossy green leaves turn bright yellow in the fall. One problem with river birch is its tendency to drop many fine branches on the ground, especially after storms.
'Studetec' is a smaller, weeping selection with multiple stems but can be staked to form a single-trunk specimen. It is perfect for wet sites but can tolerate locations with drier soils. Its small size makes it useful in a foundation planting or mixed border. Tecumseh compact river birch is more tolerant of heat than other birches and is resistant to birch borers.
9 - 1
4 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
12'-15' / 3.7m - 4.6m
Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Central United States, South-Central United States
Wet Site, Pollution, Soil Compaction
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Light Green
Yellow, Light Yellow, Tan
White, Copper, Tan, Sandy Brown, Ivory, Slate Gray
Feature Plant, Shade Trees
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