Betula nigra 'Dura Heat'®
Dura Heat® River Birch. This is a selection made by Moon Nursery, Loganville, GA. It has closer spaced leaves than 'Heritage' and a good yellow fall color. The leaf retention is also much better than the species, which sometimes will start to drop leaves as early as late June, which makes for a very messy tree. The bark begins to exfoliate at a very early age and is also an attractive whitish-cream. This is one of the finest cultivars of this species.