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Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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River Birch (8 of 11)

More pest resistant than other birches
Plant in full sun to light shade
Plant in dry to wet soil; tolerates clay; prune in fall as needed
Height: 50-60 feet Width: 30-40 feet
Hardy in zones 4-9:
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first hard frost; avoid exposure to salt; may suffer limb breakage in heavy ice or snow.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first hard frost; avoid exposure to salt; may suffer limb breakage in heavy ice or snow.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; may suffer limb breakage in heavy ice or snow.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; may suffer limb breakage in heavy ice or snow.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall.

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