Tree Caring and Planting Information
White Birch Tree (Betula Nigra)
All of our bare-root trees are shipped to you via the United States Priority Mail. The roots of all the trees will be wrapped in damp shredded paper to insure freshness. The trees are then placed in a plastic tube within a cardboard strong box for shipping. The tops of some trees have been intentionally cut back to encourage branching and to help the tree survive the transplant. All bare-root trees will need planted as quickly as possible. Even if it is still cold outside, plant your tree shortly after it arrives and water thoroughly and frequently. Dig a hole approximately twice the size of the tree's root. Fill the bottom half of the hole with topsoil and plant the tree in the top half with the base of the tree at the soil line or just below. Fill in the rest of the hole with topsoil and slightly tamp the soil around the tree. Mulch your tree with 2" of shredded hardwood bark to insulate the roots and prevent water from evaporating around the tree. Your newly transplanted tree will need a lot of care the first year. It is not uncommon for a newly planted tree to die back a little or even loose its first set of leaves the first year. Do not fertilize your tree the first year, but do give it plenty of water. Once your tree is established (after the first year), it will require little care.
Fast growing, Heritage White Birch trees are attractive year-round. Their light green foliage turns yellow in autumn. Losing their leaves for winter shows off their colorful, peeling bark, thin graceful branches, and hanging cone-like fruit. Young trees have dark-colored bark until their trunks reach 1" in caliper (diameter). A White Birch tree is often planted against a dark background or green lawn to highlight its white trunk. Thrives in moist acidic sandy or rocky soil and prefers partial to full sun. Once established, tolerates some heat and dry spells. Prefers a winter chill. Water deeply and often around shallow roots in the fist year. Prune in winter only after leave buds have formed. This will prevent sap bleeding. Transplant when dormant only. This tree can reach a mature height of 30' - 40'. Mulch to keep moist and cool. This deciduous tree is hardy between zones 2-8.
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