Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade'

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Fast.
Mature Height - 25' (to possibly 60' if staked and trained)
Mature Width - 12-15' (If untrained forms a mounded shrub/small tree with successive layers of arching branches)
Longevity - Same as River Birch but any differences not yet known.

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Male catkins are drooping and brown, 2-3" long. Female catkins are smaller, insignificant, upright, and greenish. Both appear in spring on the same tree.
Fruit - Small nutlet, born in a 1-1.5" thick cylindric, pendulous catkin, ripens and sheds seed in spring.
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Fall Color - Yellow
Bark - Beautiful, exfoliating bark like the species.
Other Features - Provides winter interest. Good specimen or focal point. Growth habit is well suited for topiary
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Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Adaptable, Zones 4-9. Full Sun. Water regularly but do not overwater. Tolerant of difficult sites. Hardy to -25.
Native Habitat - Southeast US. Found as a chance seedling by tobacco farmers John and Daniel Allen at Shiloh Nursery in Harmony, NC. A fast grower reaching perhaps 25' or more (parent plant is still relatively young).
Diseases and Insects - Trouble-free, in moist years can have leaf spot causing premature defoliation of older (interior) leaves. Birch borer resistant. Aphids are common on soft succulent growth.
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Find Related Plants:
- Other plants with the common name Birch.
- Other plants of the family Betulaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Betula.
- Other plants of the species Betula nigra.