This river birch develops showy white bark when the stems grow to 1 inch and larger,
similar to paper white birch. It can grow 2-3 ft. per year with rich dark green leaves
that turn butter-gold in the fall. City Slicker will grow in wet heavy alkaline clay
soils as well as sandy soils and tolerates drought better than other river birches.
City Slicker is resistant to birch borers which kill most paper white birch. It will
grow to 30 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide as a single stem tree or multi stem and requires
full sun. Plant 6-8 ft. apart for a unique screen. Developed by Dr. Carl Whitcomb
in central Oklahoma.
City Slicker River Birch.
Bark of City Slicker River Birch