Although the Betula nigra was originally found along rivers in eastern USA, it grows in dry land and has adapted well to the UK. This tall tree forms a pyramidal shape, often having multiple trunks, with deeply ridged, dark brown bark. Younger trees have a uniquely flaky, orangey-red bark, which peels away from the tree without detaching. Foliage consists of soft, green rhombus-shaped leaves and yellow-green catkins are produced in April.
Ideal Conditions: Wet soils are preferred
Maximum Height: 20 metres