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BETULA nigra 'Summer Cascade'
Black Birch, River Birch, Summer Cascade River Birch
A selection of river birch, ‘Summer Cascade’ is a pendulous, fast growing, deciduous tree selected from a species native to the central United States. Its most notable ornamental feature is its beautiful flaking, peeling bark that mingles many shades of tan, rust-orange and brown. Like other birches, it has elongated catkins that appear in spring, and its dark green leaves turn bright yellow in the fall. One problem with river birch is its tendency to drop many fine branches, especially after storms. Some gardeners deem it messy.
While 'Summer Cascade' is a weeping selection, it is often staked to form a single upright trunk with a weeping canopy. It may also be left unstaked to form a cascading mound. Grow it in full sun to partial shade on well-drained, moist soil. It is perfect for wet sites but can tolerate locations with drier soils. Its small size and graceful appearance makes it useful in a foundation planting or mixed border. 'Summer Cascade' is more tolerant of heat than other birches and is resistant to the borers that plague other species.
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
20'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m
10'-15' / 3.0m - 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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