Betula nigra Heritage™
Common name: 
Heritage River Birch
BET-u-la NI-gra
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • 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

    plant habit, summer

  • leaf, summer

    leaf, summer

  • plant habit, fall

    plant habit, fall

  • leaves, fall

    leaves, fall

  • plant habit, winter

    plant habit, winter

  • trunk, bark

    trunk, bark

  • trunks, winter interest

    trunks, winter interest