Dura Heat River Birch

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Fast Growing, Lovely Dura Heat River Birch

  • Fast Growing Shade Tree
  • Attractive Bark Exfoliates to Creamy White, Pink, and Cinnamon
  • Green Leaves Turn Butter Yellow in Fall
  • Great Fall Color
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Ice Resistant
  • Urban Tolerant
  • Birch Trees that Love the Heat
  • More Refined, Medium Sized
  • Deer Dont Prefer This Tree
  • Better Pest and Disease Resistance
  • Non-Toxic Trees Safe to Use Near Horses and Livestock

People just love these beautiful trees! One of the country's most popular ornamental, deciduous trees, Dura Heat (Betula nigra 'BNMTF) is a real standout specimen. The unique bark is light-colored and offers an unmatched performance over any other similar tree.

Dura Heat is a wonderful heat tolerant selection of River Birch that has better insect and disease resistance than the species. It is a Birch that actually likes the heat and can be grown up into Zone 9, as long as it does not get too dry.

One of the best attributes is the attractive, creamy white bark which peels and exfoliates to expose the pinkish, cinnamon colors of the inner bark. Dura Heats tree bark adds welcome texture to your landscape.

The leaves are far superior to the species with a deep green summer color, and outstanding butter-yellow fall color. Dura Heat has a denser, greener foliage canopy than other Birch and is quite tolerant of hot temperatures, as the name implies. Gentle rustling sounds and kinetic movement from the leaves fluttering in the slightest breeze will refresh you and your guests, even on the hottest summer day.

Dura Heat stands up to leaf spot. Give it full sun with moist soil, or add water as needed. Hardy for most all U.S. climate zones, it is fast-growing, well-forked, wind and ice-resistant.

Dont miss your chance to own this spectacular tree! Order Dura Heat River Birch from Nature Hills today.

How to Use Dura Heat River Birch in the Landscape

This urban savvy Birch is fantastic when used in natural, informal groups of odd numbers. They make excellent windbreaks. People often include them in shelterbelts because they grow fast and are easy to grow.

Use as a single accent tree in the lawn. They work beautifully to fill tall and narrow spaces.

The refined, pyramidal form of Dura Heat is fantastic as a single stem plant. Its wonderful when grown in multiple stem clump form, also. Try using a mix of both forms for a very natural look.

Create a grouping as a focal point where youll see them from inside your house or on your deck as a vista or view. Plant a loose triangle of three trees 15 20 feet apart on center. Youll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Mulch underneath your trees and underplant with Maidenhair Ferns or Purple Wintercreeper, as many professional landscapers do to create incredible visual impact and effect.

Use them in woodland or wetland areas and around man-made water features. Include Dura Heat on the edge of a planned Rain Garden in a natural low spot. Youll capture potentially polluted water runoff from roofs and streets. Plants will filter the water before it reaches storm sewers and local waterways.

Many like to use Dura Heat Birch as street trees too. They are very adaptable to many urban areas, as long as they dont get too dry.

#ProPlantTips for Care

These River Birches love a moist, slightly acidic soil, but do adapt to many landscape situations as long as you keep them watered. Standing water can be problematic for their root systems, so if you will use them in a wetter area, mound up when planting by adding 18 24 of soil to the lay of the land. Plant in that mound to protect the root crown from suffocating from lack of oxygen.

Dura Heat can be grown in climates across the United States. Give it a moderate amount of regular water when young, and during extended periods of drought. If they dont get enough water, youll start seeing leaves drop during summer. Give them adequate water for best performance.

In fall, be sure to give water to build up its store of moisture. Attention to the watering detail is important and if the plants get very dry, especially going into winter, they could see some damage. If you are in an area that is very dry in winter and the ground may not be frozen, Birch will also benefit from winter watering if needed.

Prune later in the spring, just after the plant begins to leaf out to eliminate the late winter sap dripping out of the pruning cuts. Remove crossing branches as needed. Remove lower limbs to raise the height of the canopy as you prefer.

Fertilize with an organic, slow release formula in early spring. Keep the plants mulched well over the root system to keep them cool and suppress weeds.

Enjoy this beautiful tree. Order yours today, if you see it in stock on the site. We sell out of this desirable variety each year!

Single Stem, Multi Stem, Shrub Form, Oh My!

Before you buy, make sure you know what you’re getting! Single stem, multi stem and shrub forms are different so read a bit about which we’re currently offering below.

Single Stem: 

These are plants that have one stem coming from the ground. Plants can also be considered single stem when lower branches are removed to raise the height of the branching. Sometimes, you will hear a single stem referred to as Tree Form.

Multi Stem:

These are plants with 2 or more stems planted together in the ground in close proximity to form a clump. There are times multi stems are formed by a tree that branches at the soil line with more than one main stem. 

Shrub Form:

These are bushy plants with many stems and branchings close to the ground. They are referred to as shrubs or bushes and are often shorter than their tree forms.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Dura Heat River Birch Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Betula nigra 'BNMTF'
Mature Height 30 - 40 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 30 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Deciduous
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes