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BETULA nigra (TECUMSEH COMPACT®)

Image of Betula nigra 'Studetec' (TECUMSEH COMPACT®)

Family

Betulaceae

Botanical Name

BETULA nigra 'Studetec'(TECUMSEH COMPACT®)

Plant Common Name

Black Birch, River Birch, Tecumseh Compact River Birch

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12'-15' / 3.7m - 4.6m

  • Width

    12'-15' / 3.7m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Central United States, South-Central United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Pollution, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Brown

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Light Yellow, Tan

  • Bark Color

    White, Copper, Tan, Sandy Brown, Ivory, Slate Gray

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No