Betula nigra Heritage™
Common name: 
Heritage River Birch
Pronunciation: 
BET-u-la NI-gra
Family: 
Betulaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
‘Cully’
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf deciduous tree, vigorous.  Leaves are larger and greener than the species type, may develop excellent yellow color in fall.  The bark exfoliates on young trees and opens to off-white and salmon-white on young stems.
  • Sun.  Best adapted to moist, acid soils, will survive dry soils.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4      Discovered by Earl Cully of Jacksonville, Illinois in a St. Louis suburb in the 1970s and introduced in 1979.  The cultivar name is ‘Cully’ and the trademark name, which is the one used in commerce, is Heritage.  The plant is patented, Plant Patent 4409 (April 24, 1979).
  • Considered superior to seedlings of B. nigra.  An improved form (Improved Heritage) is also available.
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    plant habit, summer and fall

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    leaf, summer

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    leaves, fall

  • plant habit and bark, winter

    plant habit and bark, winter

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    plant habit and bark, in snow