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Betula nigra 'Dura-Heat' ®

Dura-Heat ® River Birch
  • Plant Type:
  • Tree
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Deciduous
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Large
  • Also Grown As:
  • Multi Trunk
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 50-90' x 40-60'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Upright
  • Native To:
  • USA
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Insignificant
  • Special Features:
  • Attractive Bark, Attracts Birds/Butterflies, Cold Hardy, Desert Conditions, Fall Color, Intermountain Conditions
  • Container Sizes:
  • #15, 24" Box, 36" Box
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 1-24
  • Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone:
  • 6


Betula nigra ‘Dura Heat’ is a decidedly superior variety of River Birch.  This tree sports curling papery bark the color of cinnamon sugar, and diamond shaped leaves that seem to shimmer in the breeze.  ‘Dura Heat’ is a little more compact than the straight species River Birch and, as the name might suggest, has better heat tolerance.  Use Betula nigra as a statement species in areas that get regular water.  River Birch grows quickly as a young tree, and will swiftly establish itself in the landscape. Whether the graceful pyramidal form is covered by the shimmering leaves of spring and summer, or the white lacey branch structure that gets its chance to shine in autumn and winter, this tree is a visual treat.