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river birch

a tree, Betula nigra, of the eastern U.S., having papery, reddish-brown bark that peels away.
Also called red birch.
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for river birch
  • It can also occur in other trees, such as river birch.
  • In drainage areas and along the shoreline, willows, river birch and alder are found.
  • river birch is abundant along the shore, and aged sycamores lean out across the river from their shoreline moorings.
Encyclopedia Article for river birch

black birch

ornamental tree of the family Betulaceae, found on river and stream banks in the eastern one-third of the United States. Because the lower trunk becomes very dark with age, the tree is sometimes called black birch, a name more properly applied to sweet birch (q.v.).

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