OASIS BIRCH - BETULA PAPYRIFERA 'OENCI'

Common Name: oasis birch

Scientific Name: 
Family: Betulaceae
Genus: Betula
Species: papyrifera 'Oenci'

Hardiness Zone: 2 to 6
Height: 50 to 70 ft
Width: 25 to 50 ft

 

Common characteristics:

A new and distinct cultivar of Betula papyrifera named ‘Oenci’ or oasis birch is a very fast-growing tree that has a broad dense pyramidal or oval shape to its canopy. Oasis birch can reach heights of 50’ to 70’ and a canopy spread of 25’ to 50’. The bark of younger trees and branches will be mahogany like reddish-brown. As the trees mature it will exfoliate to reveal a distinct bright white bark like that of traditional paper birch. Leaves are simple and grow alternately on the stem. They typically have an oval or heart-shaped, pointed at the tip and rounded at the base. They have an irregularly serrate margin and are a dark green color in summer and yellow in the fall.

Where it grows: 

Prefers moderately moist, well-drained sites. Can tolerate the occasional flooding as well as extensive drought. Unlike other birch trees, oasis birch is tolerant of alkaline soils. Prefers full sun to partial shade.

How it’s used:

Used in the landscape as a shade tree in yards or parks. Can be used in the boulevard but may suffer due to salt spray.

Ecosystem services:

Small mammals and birds will utilize this tree as a habitat and food source

Where it is native to:

Native to the northern United States. They prefer cool summers.

Problems: 

This tree was bred to have an increased resistance to the bronze birch borer. It could experience issues with leaf miners and canker. Chlorosis (yellowing) may occur in high pH soils.

References:

Kankakee Nursery Co. (Renaissance Oasis® Paper Birch) Found Online: https://www.kankakeenursery.com/plant/Renaissance-Oasis-Birch

The Morton Arboretum. (Trees & Plants) Found Online: https://www.mortonarb.org/trees-plants/tree-plant-descriptions/renaissance-reflection%C2%AE-paper-birch

NVK Nurseries. (Renaissance Oasis® Paper Birch) Found Online: https://www.connonnurseries.com/plant/Betula-papyrifera-Renaissance-Oasis-Oenci

PlantPlaces.com. (Plant Details) Found Online: http://www.plantplaces.com/perl/viewplantdetails.pl?filter=plant&plant_ID=3650&Region=&Region_Search=&fullname=Betula%20papyrifera%20%27Oenci%27%20Renaissance%20Oasis%20%AE%20paper%20birch

Knechts Nursery and Landscape. (Renaissance Oasis® Paper Birch )Found Online: https://knechts.net/rennaissance-oasis-paper-birch-and-rennaissance-reflection-paper-birch/

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Oasis birch canopy 1
Oasis birch bark
Oasis birch Stem
Oasis birch branch
Oasis birch foliage 1
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Oasis birch Bud 2