Betula nigra ‘Cully’ HERITAGE®

white bark river birch

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

Outstanding Qualities

HERITAGE birch was selected for its incredible peeling bark. The bark has more white, cream and pale salmon tones that the typical river birch and is a beautiful substitute for the more insect and disease prone European white birch. It is a fast grower with a large, pyramidal, upright habit and looks great when grown in groups.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: pyramidal tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 60 ft. 0 in. (18.29 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 40 ft. 0 in. (12.19 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light shade

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established

Seasonal Interest: year-round attractive bark, but especially in winter

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Pieris japonica ’White Cascade’, Ribes sanguineum ‘White Icicle’, Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’, Cornus mas, Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’

Great Color Contrasts: pink, purple, burgundy

Great Color Partners: cream, brown, bronze

Culture Notes
This birch grows best in full sun to light shade and can adapt to a wide variety of soils, from well-drained to wet locations. It will also tolerate sandy sites or clay soils. Once established it is drought tolerant. Lower branches can be removed when they are small to show off the beautiful trunk, but in general it requires little more than the removal of dead, broken or poorly formed limbs. Provide plenty of space to fully enjoy the beautiful trunk and the graceful and delicate branching.