Betula nigra 'City Slicker'


Betula nigra 'City Slicker' is commonly known as River Birch. A beautiful variety of birch noted for its peeling, flaky bark in shades of white, cream, and orange. It has dark green foliage throughout the season, turning a bright gold in fall. 

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, however it does require acidic soil. 'City Slicker' should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations.

'City Slicker' will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 50 feet. This birch does best in full sun to partial shade and cold hardiness zones 4 - 9. Highly tolerant to urban pollution is one of its notable characteristics.