This week, the Plant of the Week is the Birch Tree!
Ideal Growing Zone: 2 to 6
Plant Description: 50.00 to 70.00 feet tall, spreads 25.00 to 50.00 feet, blooms from March to April, yellowish brown (male) and green (female)
Growing Conditions: Grows best in part shade, tolerates deer, high maintenance is required
Uses: In cool northern climates, paper birch is an excellent landscape tree that mixes well with evergreens and produces good fall color.
Plant Care: It needs consistently moist soils. Consider using soaker hoses and bark mulches to keep the root zones cool and moist. It needs little pruning, but if necessary, prune during the dormant season. Avoid pruning in spring when the sap is running. Performs best in cool northern climates where summer temperatures rarely exceed 75 degrees F. and where root zones are generally covered with snow throughout the winter.(insert type of care plant needs)
Pests and Disease: Although paper birches have some susceptibility to aphids, leaf miner, birch skeletonizer and dieback, these problems are somewhat minor in comparison to the borer.
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According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map, Omaha is considered to be in plants zone 4b-5b.